Protest by striking airline Alitalia employees

Protest by striking airline Alitalia employees

Photo: ANP

Hundreds of striking workers at Italian airline Alitalia protested on Friday. They want better working conditions at the relaunch of Alitalia under the new name Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA). Despite the restart, there are also major job losses.

The strike has canceled 175 Alitalia flights. The protesters blocked part of a highway near Rome’s Fiumicino airport. The police were there to keep order. The protesters carried flags, banners and smoke bombs. According to the Italian news agency ANSA, there was no violence.

Alitalia will soon continue with a lot less aircraft and personnel. More than 10,000 people now work at Alitalia and only 2,800 of them will soon be available at its successor ITA. Negotiations between ITA and the unions came to nothing earlier this week.

Alitalia has been technically bankrupt for years and is being kept afloat by the Italian government. This summer an agreement was reached between the Italian government and the European Commission on a relaunch as ITA. Italy is allocating 3 billion euros for this. ITA should be fully operational by mid-October.

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