Three Day Strike at Italian Petrol Stations

Drivers in Italy are stocking up on petrol, as staff at petrol stations across the country prepare to go on strike for three days.

Petrol station owners say recent price hikes by oil companies are putting their businesses and thousands of jobs at risk.

The price of petrol in Italy is the second most expensive in Europe after Holland at 1.836 euros a litre and diesel is the most expensive at 1.739 euros a litre.

Small business accuse the government of not putting enough pressure on oil companies to keep their prices down. The government says it has tried.

Flavio Zanonato, Minister of Economic Development, said: “At this time I am asking the oil companies to take into account the particularly difficult situation of the Italian economy and also of the family income and to not increase the cost of petrol or to keep the increase to a minimum”.

The strikes come as holidaymakers head to Italy. There are concerns that the industrial action and the high price of petrol will affect the country’s tourism.

The walkout is due to begin at 2200 on Tuesday and end at 0600 on Friday.

– Euro News