petrol station strike day 2 called off

Second day of petrol station strike called off

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Fegica and Figisc Confcommercio called off the second day of a two-day petrol station strike today. It is for the benefit of the motorists, certainly not the government the unions say.

The strikes at petrol stations are in protest at being accused of price gouging; this after prices rose when the government failed to renew a duties cut.

A third group, FAIB, had already decided on Tuesday to cut the strike from Wednesday and Thursday to just Wednesday.

Fegica and Figisc Confcommercio said they were revoking the second day of the stoppage “in favour of motorists and certainly not the government”.

The nationwide petrol-station strike to protest at measures imposed on the sector to improve price transparency was taking place on Wednesday after getting underway at 19:00 on Tuesday.

The petrol-station-operator associations, however, had split in relation to the length of the protest. The Fegica and Figisc/Anisa groups confirmed 48-hour strike, while the FAIB group cut its protest to 24 hours. Some gas-stations were not striking.

Government tried to avert petrol station strike

The government had been trying hard to avert the strike over its new measures. Those included an obligation for operators to display a list of average prices alongside their own in a bid to avert speculative hikes; with stiff fines for failure to do so.

The administration has promised amendments which would water down the penalties for failure to comply.

Fuel prices in Italy have risen significantly since the government ended a reduction in duties at the turn of the year.

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