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Italian strike halts rail, air travel

Posted on April 16, 2002

Italy's trade unions staged their first full-day strike Tuesday, protesting government labor reforms, bringing rail and air transport to a halt. It is estimated that 13 million people heeded Tuesday's strike, Italy's first full-day work stoppage in 20 years. Only unsuspecting foreigners turned up at deserted railway stations, which were expected to return to normal later in the day as staggered eight-hour stoppages drew to an end. The strike was aimed at Prime Minister Berlusconi's planned labor reform.

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