They are equipped with thermic blankets and other tools to protect themselves from the terrible winter of Milan, and they are determined to resist. A group of workers from Servirail and Wasteels (the two rail companies that cover the night service) climbed a tower in the Central Milan station on December 10. They will spend all the Christmas holidays up there, ten meters above the rails. They are protesting against Trenitalia, which will cut many of the trains that cross Italy overnight. This decision will lead to the loss of 800 jobs all around the country. Other workers occupied the union office inside the station, stating their discontent at the union’s behavior. They have started a petition and will meet in assembly there.
The cut of the night service is bad news not only for the workers, but for every traveller who can afford neither a plane nor the very expensive new Freccia Rossa trains. Night trains are especially important to the millions of travellers originally from Southern Italy, who leave the northern cites where they work or study during the holiday season, in order to reach the southern regions where they have their families.