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NAPLES, Italy — Many gas stations throughout Italy will be closed Wednesday and Thursday after union leaders called for a two-day strike that was to begin Tuesday evening.

Unions representing service station operators said the strike is to protest oil companies’ delay in renewing service agreements that expired two years ago.

It also said the strike targets the government Ministry of Economic Development, which has failed to restructure the petroleum industry and failed to recognize 2009 tax bonuses for operators, ANSA reported.

Stations planned to shut down services at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and remain closed until 7 a.m. Friday, ANSA reported.

Stations along major interstate highways plan to close from 10 p.m. Wednesday until 10 p.m. Thursday.

Pumps will remain open in the city of L’Aquila because of the G-8 summit, a meeting of the eight leading industrialized nations.

In Sicily, union workers and stations shut down at midnight Monday and planned to strike through Wednesday.


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