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Gas stations in Italy plan two-day strike to protest liberalization plans

Gas stations in Italy plan two-day strike to protest liberalization plans

Gas stations across Italy will shut down on Feb.7-8 to protest government measures aimed at making it easier to buy gas, officials said Friday.
Three associations representing the vast majority of gas stations in Italy issued a statement saying more protests would follow in the coming weeks, and that they would strike for a total 14 days between February and April.
Premier Romano Prodi's Cabinet approved a package of measures on Thursday aimed at increasing competition in various sectors. It eliminates the mandatory distances between gas stations _ as well as cinemas, beauty parlors and other business _ making it possible for more such businesses to open. It also allows supermarkets to pump gas.
Italy's antitrust authority has urged the government to promote opening up the country's gasoline service station network, saying gasoline prices are higher in Italy than most other European Union countries even though there are comparatively more stations.
Opposition to the measures, which must be approved by parliament, had been expected.
A previous liberalization package spurred protests by taxi drivers that paralyzed Rome last summer as they sought to scuttle a plan to auction off cab licenses. Pharmacists went on strikes over plans to allow the sale of nonprescription drugs in supermarkets.


Updated : 2020-12-02 05:48 GMT+08:00