Italy: Truck drivers’ strike affects Fiat image

Italy is bracing for a wave of strikes from truck drivers, pharmacists and other service providers. Most of the drivers are against higher fuel taxes and road tolls.

The drivers also are demanding a ceiling on insurance premiums, easier reimbursement of duty on diesel fuel and a government crackdown on unlicensed trucking companies blamed for driving down freight rates.

In Sicily, where the strike begun January 16th 2012, a total amount of 39.000 MT vegetables, including all tomatoes varieties, courgettes, aubergines, peppers, etc., has been lost, due to the inability to transport it.

The stoppage, which began on Tuesday, was affecting the Melfi and Sevel plants on Wednesday and would also hit the Mirafiori, Pomigliano and Cassino plants on Thursday morning, the spokesman said.

“Our plants at Mirafiori, Cassino and Pomigliano will be shut today (26) for the 1st shift.”

“When the truck strike ends, it will take around 5 to 6 days for our plants to return to normal working” said a Fiat spokesperson.

Wednesday’s newspapers reported that up to 80 per cent of the distribution of fresh fruit and vegetables in Rome had vanished, and 90 per cent of the fresh fish.