Always keep an eye on this page when traveling to Italy. Taking an Italian train? Always book what's called a guaranteed train ie:- strike proof. Book it well in advance.
Strikes frequently get cancelled last minute.
ITALIAN STRIKES 2017
Heads up if you are flying with Alitalia it has gone/going bankrupt.
Airline looking for government funding. Airline is in dire straits, don't book with them. Airline is pushing, tempting us with some really cheap flights if you dare. If you have the stomach and have extra room on your credit card for emergencies you can get some great deals. 2,000 baggage handlers to be let go.
Call in Italy 800.65.00.55
Out of the country 39.06.65649 or your travel agent.
(24 April, 2017 Union members vote no to a new cost cutting deal, nail in the coffin)
Alitalia Strike - Still On
80% of Alitalia passengers have been notified.
Alitalia pilots, flight attendants and personnel will strike Sunday, 28 May 2017 from 10am - 6pm. Call them if you are flying that day with them.
Italian Air Traffic Control Strike
Update:-26 May 2017 Italian air traffic control strike planned for this Sunday has been cancelled and rescheduled to July 12, 2017 1pm -5pm. Airport worker strikes are cancelled. Alitalia strike is still on. Taxi strike planned for following day also cancelled. Someone woke up and realized strike coincide with G7 leaders leaving Italy. Lucky you!
Update:-More new out 26th May 11am
Italian air traffic controllers strike is planned for Sunday, May 28, 2017. 10am - 5pm.
This strike is still on. Chances are your flight could be delayed, brought back or even cancelled. More news 48 hours before hand.
Italian airport workers will strike same day, 28 May, 2017 for 24 hours. Strike will
start 00:01 - 23:59hrs.
Bearing up to be a bad day for getting around Italy
Italian Taxi Strike is cancelled
Italian taxi drivers will strike Monday 29 May 2017 Expect Rome and Milan to be hit hard by a taxi strike along with all majour Italian cities, Bologna, Cagliari, Florence, Genoa, Naples, Turin etc.
This taxi strike will be limited to/vicinity of railway stations, ports and airports. Strike will start 7am and go till 10pm. Same day as a lorry driver strike.
Italian taxi drivers will strike 8am to 10pm. Bad news for commuters, extra traffic on roads, plus lorries blocking traffic.
Italian Lorry Driver Strike
Italian lorry driver strike is planned for Monday 29 May 2017 (same day as the taxi strike). Lorry drivers will strike nationwide.
Italian lorry driver gripe:-
European Commission changing rest time from 45 hours to 24 hours.
Strike will last 4 hours, time will be decided at local level. Prepare for the worse. Leave for your airport before these shenanigans start. Likely to start at peek commuter times. Expect your access to your Italian airport to be blocked as with main roads and highways. Elderly and families with young children - you may have to hoof it from the airport exit with your suitcases and little ones..
(In the past we’ve seen drivers crawling along, covering all lanes in both directions, till the time of the official strike action. Rome, Milan a nightmare. We maybe going over board and life will be just rosey on the Monday? Check back with us, you never know, strike might be cancelled)
28th April, 2017 Local public transport, including Trenitalia in Piedmont region Cuneo, Turin - strike deferred till June 18, 2017.
Italylogue is a very helpful site regarding Italian Rail Alitalia Strikes (November 2016 Alitalia 1,500 workers in fear of being made redundant)
Italian Air Traffic control Enav
February 2, 2016 New smoking rules for Italy. Smoking in a car with children or pregnant women 500 euros $546 fine. Drop a cigarette butt outside and it will cost you 300 euros.
TAP Portugal Airline Strike
Announce today an unheard of strike by The Union of Aviation Workers and Airports (SITAVA) union workers.
These workers will make TAP airline passengers life hell from the June 3, 2017 to October 1, 2017.
TAP Portugal had a 35% increase in passengers this April and this way they are thanked. Stay in touch with TAP Portugal airline your flight could well be delayed or brought forward.
Powerful CGTP Union planning general strike, no date set yet.
25 May 2017 SATA group, SATA Azores airlines, SATA Air Acores, SATA airlines remind passengers about the strike action planned for June 1 and 2. Call them. Minimal service will be in effect.
SATA Strike Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2, 2017
SATA Azores and SATA International
Talks today 12, May 2017 were fruitless, strike is still on the June. Talks are still on going.
Update:-2 , May 2017 Still some flight delays going into the evening. 2 cancelled 12 delayed over the network.
Update:-Monday 1 May, 2017 Various numbers out for SATA flight cancellations today we will go with the worst.
11 flights canceled today. 100% participation by workers. Not looking good for tomorrow.
Weather today also causing delays www.tsf.pt reporting, Horta/Flores/Horta connection a flight scheduled under the minimum service decree.
Azores Airlines Lisbon/Pico returned to Lisbon due to weather and rescheduled for Tuesday.
Update:-30 April, 2017 Today SATA Azores, 2 flights cancelled and four delayed.
Update:-29 April, 2017 SATA has minimal flight list posted. Today, Saturday 6 flights canceled and 15 delayed. Shame on them.
Sata cabin crew union National Union of Civil Aviation Flight Personnel (SNPVAC) have put in strike notice for
Monday, Tuesday, May 1st and 2nd.
It’s not just flight attendants, reservations, and ground crews.
Flights to Ponte Delgada and Terceira and the mainland will be assured with TAP Portugal EasyJet and Ryanair.
Minimum service Lisbon - Pico, Lisbon- Horta
Your flight will likely be brought forward, delayed or even cancelled. More information out closer to strike date.
SATA notice minimal help. Expect them to post more information, perhaps Saturday night, Sunday am. Union does not rule out more industrial action in the future.
Today, Thursday 11 May 2017 easyJet cabin crews and ground crews announce strike for three days. It’s possible EasyJet will bring in foreign crews or not. Strike may even get cancelled? Talks are on going.
Strike starts Saturday, Sunday, Monday, May 27, 28 and 29th, 2017.
Strike starts Saturday 00:01hrs - ends Monday, 23:59hrs
Friday 26 May 2017 will see strike by
Union The National Federation of Public and Social Service Workers Unions (FNSTFPS) announce a 24 hour national strike Friday, May 26, 2017.
This union consists mainly of health, education workers and cultural institutions. Museums? Monuments?
AIRPORT SECURITY STRIKE
Saturday 29 April, 2017 Portuguese airport security, Union of Aviation Workers and Airports (Sitava), Prosegur and Securitas company workers threaten strike action between May 13 -17th at all Portuguese airports.
This includes Azores and Madeira May 12th and 13th May when the Pope visits Fatima shrine.
May 13 -17, 2017 union is arranging 24 hour strikes.
Get to your Portuguese airport at least three hours early. Bring minimum hand luggage to get through customs fast. Stay in close contact with your airline.
This is an old dispute which has been going on what seems like for years. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail at the last minute and knock sense into them. Skelton screw (freudian slip, oops) will be in place.