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Aircraft and transport (3): "Alitalia should not be split"

"Thousands of redundancies" is the only certainty among the various proposals

A twenty-four-hour strike is underway to protest the Alitalia and air transport situation (see AVIONEWS). As already mentioned, the only constant among the various proposed hypotheses is the thousands of redundancies that result in job losses for employees (partly resolved with social safety nets), but which make people's future precarious and uncertain. They are people, not numbers.

The protest forced the cancellation of several flights and the former national airline activated an extraordinary plan (see AVIONEWS).
The protest was organized by the CGIL, CISL, UIL and UGL trade unions, which are currently overseeing the airports of Fiumicino, Linate and Malpensa. Work interruption concerns pilots, flight attendants and ground staff of Alitalia and Air Italy, in compliance with the 7-10am and 6-9pm warranty bands. Anpac, Anpav, Anp and Usb are also involved in the strikes.

"For Alitalia we reject any hypothesis of 'splitting', we ask for a real revival industrial plan that guarantees investments and growth, without sacrifices on the labor front", says Filt Cgil. Uiltrasporti added: "The strike is to affirm that we reject any hypothesis of dismembering and cutting the number of employees and that there is no more time to lose. Now it is time to act". "We trust that Minister Patuanelli reverses the trend and creates the conditions that will lead to a revival" asks Fit Cisl.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Paola De Micheli said yesterday: "a regenerated Alitalia will appeal to many industries. The work will last six to seven months".

Meanwhile, the meeting between the Minister of Economic Development Stefano Patuanelli and the Unions is scheduled for next Tuesday.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency