For these reasons in the days of Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 January the petrol stations will remain closed as a sign of strike, also blocking the ‘self-service’ pumps. Virtually all trade associations joined, rejecting attempts at mediation by Minister Adolfo Urso who asked for the strike to be revoked, defining it as damage to citizens.
In a joint note, the presidents of Faib, Fegica and Figisc/Anisa warned that: “the minister’s words seriously risk closing any residual possibility of positively concluding the ongoing dispute. May Palazzo Chigi intervene and give a signal on the entire dispute. The stop was and is confirmed and the minister’s statements are yet another demonstration of the confusion in which the government moves in this matter”.
The Government therefore sought a further agreement, easing the penalties for those who do not comply with the obligation to display the regional average next to the price charged. The closure penalty for non-communication will occur only after the fourth omission within 60 days, while the penalties will no longer reach the 6,000 euros initially foreseen but they will range from a minimum of 200 euros up to a maximum of 800, depending on the amount of the distributor’s turnover. Also in this case there seems to be no reason for agreement between the plant managers, who define this choice as “a further provocation” making themselves available for an open confrontation until the last minute before the strike, which remains confirmed for the aforementioned dates.
Strike it is scheduled from 7 pm today (Tuesday 24 January) until 7 pm Thursday 26 on the ordinary network, from 10 pm on 24 to 10 pm on 26 January on the motorway network. Filling up, therefore, will be difficult but not impossible: plants managed directly by the oil companies at least in self-service mode should remain available to travellers. To these will be added some service stations che, as required by law, will remain open to ensure a minimum performance.
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