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Monday, May 16, 2005

The 411 on Italian Strikes

Italy, wouldn't be Italy without strikes (scioperi). A few weeks before you leave for Italy, it always pays to check on potential strikes scheduled during your visit. While Italian unions are notorious for their frequent stirkes, if there's one upside, they usually plan them well in advance. Since they're often cancelled or rescheduled, it's important to keep checking on their status.

One of the best resources for information on Italian strikes is the Web site, What's On in Rome. The editor not only lists the strikes planned in Rome and other areas of the country for the coming month, but she keeps her strikes page constantly updated, indicating which ones have been cancelled.

Another page on her site gives helpful instructions on deciphering the Web site of the Commissione di Garanzia, the Italian strike authority.

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