Friday, March 20, 2015

Beware the 30th of March...public transport strike in Milan from 6 PM to 10 PM

Protests against the sacrifices requested of its workers by ATM, Milan's public transport system, for EXPO 2015 have generated a strike on Monday the 30th of March. Services will halt from 6 PM to 10 PM.

At least one of the requests seem perfectly reasonable to me: no vacations.

For Pete's sake, people, it's only for 6 months, and the chance to get the world to see what a super city for tourism Milan is comes once only 100 or so years. (Yes, yes, yes, there are problems particularly because life in Italy is still pretty much organized around almost everything shutting down in August, and schools aren't organized on a year-round program, I see all this, but I's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring our city to the attention of world travellers with a good chance of positive trickle down for you, whatever your job.)

Other complaints, longer working hours without breaks, for example, do sound legitimate, because the situations created could be a bit dangerous for all involved. Fix

What to do?

If you can't leave work to get home before 6 PM, go out to dinner, a movie, a loooooong cup of tea with friends or a book, near where you work, if you can.

(Info source, in Italian)

I can hardly say my usual "Enjoy!," can I?

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