Fuels, strike confirmed on the 25th and 26th of January. Self-service stores are also closed

No progress between fuel plant managers and government. And that’s how the gas stations confirmed the strike: the gas stations will be closed on the 25th and 26th of January. And, the shutdown is also about self-service.

Therefore, it was not possible to find a point of mediation at the discussion table on the transparency decree at the Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy. The question of prices remains the decisive element. And in the meantime, a free app from the Ministry of Gasoline and Diesel Prices has arrived to help citizens: it will be possible to find out the regional average price and, thanks to geolocation, also the price charged at each nearby gas station.

Even so, there has been openness on the part of the Government regarding amendments to the device – which depends on Parliament and which, therefore, will have to complete the process of conversion into law -, namely on the reduction of penalties “for lack of communication of fuel prices ” – explains the Minister of Enterprise Adolfo Urso – ranging from a minimum of 200 to a maximum of 800 euros depending on the factory’s turnover (while previously they reached 6 thousand euros); elevator closing days can be from 1 to 30 (previously from 7 to 90).

However, the issue of mandatory display of the regional average price (which becomes weekly and not daily) remains controversial. So much so that the three organizations of gas station operators (Faib Confesercenti, Fegica, Figisc-Anisa) have reaffirmed their willingness to strike for 48 hours (but remembering that the minimum essential services will be guaranteed).

The strike – which also includes self-service – will begin on roads and highways at 7 pm on January 24 and will end at 7 pm on January 26. According to the directors, “there were no new improvements that would lead to the withdrawal of the strike: no progress, on the contrary, the category has been treated, with the issuance of price posters, as if it were in the Middle Ages”. Faib also speaks of a “setback in the promises made” by the ministry, which is why they ask to “meet Prime Minister Meloni”. Voices outside the chorus, that of Angac (National Association of Independent Fuel Managers) which suspended protests pending amendments to the decree and relaunched the proposal to also publish the sale price, or also display the purchase price by managers.

Minister Urso also highlighted that the fuel table becomes “permanent until the sector reorganizes itself, also in view of the green transition”. With the changes – concludes Urso – “the principle of maximum transparency is affirmed, consumers get to know the average price and also the one practiced by each distributor. This facilitates the activity of managers”.

Source: IL Tempo