Alitalia: Unions at loggerheads over job cuts

The unions are going to the barricades against the government’s plans to re-establish Alitalia with half of the current staff. The new Alitalia is scheduled to start on October 15th with the name Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) with 52 machines and around 3,000 employees. In 2022, the number of employees is expected to rise to 5,750, half of the previous workforce.

“The new Alitalia is to start with a mini fleet with no prospects for long-haul flights. The development plan is weak and does not expect profits until 2025. This attitude is unacceptable, ”criticized the unions. A capital increase is planned before the start of the new Alitalia.

Alitalia, with more than 10,000 employees, has had liquidity bottlenecks several times in the past few months, according to union information. The Italian government presented restructuring plans in autumn 2020. Alitalia has not been in the black since 2002. In 2017 the Italian state got involved. This aid is still the subject of investigations by the EU competition watchdog. The pandemic brought additional difficulties.

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