This information is adapted from http://www.mit.gov.it/mit/site.php?p=scioperi, listing strikes of national scope. I'll list important local strikes if I become aware of them. Strikes that have been announced, then postponed or cancelled are also noted. Strikes from past dates are listed in the second entry, including cancelled strikes, which are crossed out, to give an idea of how often postponements and cancellations happen.
Often these strikes are only called by some of the several unions involved with a transportation agency, and operations do not shut down completely.
This page reflects my interpretation of the information given as of the date last updated, and I assume no responsibility for any variations on the scene on the date of travel.
For train strikes: Here is Trenitalia's general statement in English about how essential train services operate during a strike. This PDF lists long-haul trains that are promised to run during all strikes. Two days before a strike, the Trenitalia site generally posts a list, prominently from its home page www.trenitalia.com , of trains confirmed or cancelled for that date. They also list trains for the different regions of regional trains that will run, generally one or two trains in each direction in the main commuting times.
September 27, 2013
ATA (airport management company) in Milan, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alitalia pilots and flight attendants, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
October 10, 2013
ENAV (air traffic control), 1 to 5 p.m.
October 18, 2013
Alitalia Cityliner pilots, 24 hours.
ENAV (Air traffic control) 1 to 5 p.m.
Milan airport staff, 24 hours
General strike: includes trains, 24 hours starting at 9.01 p.m. the 17th, air travel 24 hours, local public transport 24 hours with rush hour exceptions determined locally, ferries to the main islands from 1 hour before first departure, to lesser islands 24 hours. The unions are ( OO.SS. USB, COBAS, CUB - ADESIONE O.S. USB LAVORO PRIVATO ), which are not the main unions; impact is uncertain.
Height of summer, no strikes planned.
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