Rome, July 25 - Italy risks grinding to a halt on August 5 after labor contract negotiations with the country's three main transportation trade-union confederations fell apart on Thursday. The transport arms of GCIL, CISL and UIL said in a statement that they were telling their members to stop work in protest "following the interruption of negotiations for the renewal of the national logistics, freight and shipping contracts". The strike will affect local public transport, air, rail and sea travel, haulage, car rental and even roadside assistance. Italy suffered fuel shortages in many areas last year and food supplies were badly disrupted when truckers went on strike and blocked roads in protest at high fuel prices.
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di Giovanni Pastore