Nationwide transportation strike freezes Italy's cities
Over 75% of country's public transit halted22 March, 13:07
Spokespersons from the FILT-CGIL transport labor union said that national adherence to the strike is "high", reaching 75% for buses, while the majority of metros and city trains are closed. According to the FILT-CGIL 60% of buses in Rome are stopped, 80% in the Piedmont city of Turin and 90% in the southern city of Naples. In Venice, where city buses are replaced by water transport, 60% of transit has been halted.
In the Sicilian city of Palermo, 70% of public buses are unavailable, while in the Puglia capital of Bari, 90% of the city's buses are not running.
Some of Italian airline Alitalia's pilots are staging a 24-hour strike on Friday, as well.
The striking pilots belong to the Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, Uiltrasporti and Ugl unions. The industrial action follows a four strike which took place January 25.