On October 2, urban transportation was blocked for nearly 24 hours in every Italian city, in a 1-day strike organized by several unions of public transport workers (Filt-Cgil, Fit-Cisl, Uiltrasporti, Ugltrasporti, and Faisa-Cisal). Transport workers are protesting the missed renewal of their collective agreement, which expired in 2007. All forms of city transport, including the subway lines in Milan and Rome, were on strike. Private and public lines have equally been involved.
According to joint a press release issued by all the participating unions, the strike was a success. The levels of participation were between 75% and 90%, with a 99% record registered in Bari. In Turin, allegedly 90% of the buses did not run; 95% in Bologna, 75% in Milan, and 80% in Naples. In an attempt to cope with the lack of public transportation, some municipalities (including Rome and Turn) decided to temporarily suspend the limitations to private automobile traffic in some areas for the duration of the strike.
The strike complied with existing regulations, which demand that a rotation be in place and that a minimum standard of service be guaranteed (usually for the morning and early evening rush hours, so as to ensure that people can travel to and from work despite the strike). However, the transit union FILT CGIL has warned that, if the renewal of the expired contract continues to be delayed, the next strike could be all-encompassing, disregarding the legal minimum service requirements.