Virtually every bar and restaurant in Rome was closed yesterday (15 April) due to a strike by barmen and shopkeepers.
LV PAN Closed shop
LV More closed shops (2 shots)
GV PAN Closed market place
GV Closed shops
CU Poster giving notification of bank closing
CU Road sign "Via Vittorio Veneto"
GV Street scene PAN TO closed
GV INT. Empty tables and chairs
GV EXT. TILT DOWN Cafe de Paris closed
GV PAN Taverna Trilussa Restaurant closed
SV Poster on door
GV Restaurant TILT DOWN TO cat
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Background: Virtually every bar and restaurant in Rome was closed yesterday (15 April) due to a strike by barmen and shopkeepers. Tobacconists also joined the strike to protest against a new value added tax. The strikers claim that the new tax will add twelve percent to their costs. This could lead to higher prices, which could affect their trade.
The post-Easter strike comes in the wake of a general strike last week to press trade union demands for housing reforms. Meanwhile, piles of undelivered letters in Rome approached the million mark as the city's unions decided to extend Thursday's one day strike by a further 48 hours. The Post Office workers are demanding improved pay and working conditions. In Milan, tourists suffered the effects of a hotel strike that entered its third and last day on Thursday.
In Rome there was some relief for tourists, as hotels kept their bars and restaurants open.