Nationwide transportation strike freezes Italy's cities

Over 75% of country's public transit halted

Nationwide transportation strike freezes Italy's cities

Rome, March 22 - Nationwide transit-worker strikes in Italy on Friday have frozen 75% of the country's public transportation. Limited services are still available during the 24-hour suspension. 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.

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