gas station strike
In Italy there is no fuel for 48 hours
Italy’s gas station leaseholders are going on Tuesday evening on a 48-hour strike. They are protesting against a “shameful smear campaign” and what they see as poor government action in the energy crisis.
Published: 5:18 am
Updated: 10:54 am
Gas station tenants are on strike in Italy starting tonight. They are protesting against government actions. (icon picture)
In Italy there is no fuel for 48 hours. This was announced by three unions. The walkout begins at 7 p.m. and will continue until Thursday at the same time. From 10 p.m. onwards, there should be no more fuel at motorway filling stations for 48 hours. The trade unions Faib, Fegica and Figisc/Anisa called on their members not to allow self-service during this time either.
The background to the industrial action is the actions of the government of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in the fight against the rise in fuel prices. Among other things, the financial police were instructed to check petrol stations for possibly unjustified price increases.
That’s how the strike happened
In addition, the tenants were obliged to publish the average price per liter in their region in addition to the fuel price charged at their pumps. Violations are subject to fines. According to the strike call, the measures punish the operators, but do not help the customers.
Even more than against the conditions, the gas station tenants protest against public statements about their profession. They see themselves as victims of a smear campaign. At the beginning of January, some prominent politicians, including infrastructure minister Matteo Salvini, claimed that fuel had risen due to price speculation at gas stations. In fact, however, petrol and diesel became more expensive because the government abolished some fuel discounts.
Because petrol stations are essential service providers, some taps have to remain in operation even during the strike. In addition, those gas stations operated directly by the oil companies could also remain exempt from the strike.
Some gas stations remain open
Three shifts between highways are planned to serve large cities. The list is continuously updated.