Three-day closing of gas stations in Italy reportedly averted
Editor's note: Reports from Italy Tuesday evening indicated that the strike has been called off. More details here.
NAPLES, Italy — Gas stations throughout Italy are planning a three-day strike starting Tuesday evening.
The nationwide strike, which also would include self-service stations, is set to begin at 10 p.m. on Tuesday for stations along major highways. Stations in neighborhoods and along smaller roads plan to close starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Business plans to resume at all stations Saturday morning.
The Agip station on the NATO base in Bagnoli will remain open during the strike, according to Bart Di Muccio, administrator of the Tax-Free Office at Naval Support Activity Naples, which runs the NATO fuel coupon program. Several gas stations in Pisa Province around Camp Darby will also be open during the strike, but only a few are AGIP or Esso, which accept NATO fuel coupons, the public affairs officer for Camp Darby said.
There are no plans to ration sales but that could change, depending on demand.
Union leaders are opposing a proposed restructuring plan they say would favor oil companies and reduce the collective bargaining power of some 25,000 gas station managers and 75,000 employees. No other details of the restructuring plan were available.
Talks were still ongoing as of Tuesday morning, so there is a chance the strike could be called off, should officials come to an agreement on the proposal.
From staff reports