March 22 - Commuters across Italy face long queues and delays as a 24-hour national transport strike is called. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Italian commuters faced a bleak start to the day on Friday (March 22) as public transport workers walked out on a 24-hour national strike in protest over pay and cuts.
Buses, trams and the metro in the capital Rome came to a halt, with only limited alternative services provided.
At Rome's transport hub, Termini Station, morning commuters filled the small number of buses in service.
Some had been unaware of the strike and were unsure how to reach their work places.
The strike was due to last 24 hours. In the capital a limited service is being provided during peak hour travel, with most lines cancelled from 0830 to 1700 local time and then again from 2000 until Saturday (March 23).
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