Two-year extension of employment guarantees amid concern over creation of new “Iberia Express” airline unit, plus a commitment to make temporary hires permanent, as established in the union contract signed in 2010
Madrid, January 25, 2012
Iberia management and the Sitcpla, CTA, UGT and CCOO unions representing the airline’s flight attendants today reached an agreement on a two-year extension of employment guarantees and the transformation of some temporary hires into permanent ones, allaying employees’ concerns over the impact on their jobs of the new Iberia Express airline unit.
Union representatives praised the accord, which must be submitted to workers’ assemblies for ratification this week.
Under the agreement, Iberia will extend its employment guarantees until December 31, 2014, and pledges to extend them for an additional year on condition that a new collective bargaining agreement is signed before the end of 2014. The employment guarantees apply to permanent cabin staff and to 108 temporary staff who are to be made permanent in 2012.
The company also promises to make other temporary cabin staff permanent between March, 2013 and March, 2014.
About Iberia: Iberia is Spain’s largest air transportation group and Europe’s fourth-largest. Iberia is market leader on routes between Europe and Latin America, with the largest offer of destinations and frequencies. Together with its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 1,000 flights with a fleet of 160 aircraft to 107 destinations in 45 countries. The Iberia Group carried more than 24 million passengers last year. Iberia is a member of the oneworld alliance that offers more than 8,400 daily flights to about 680 destinations in 134 countries. For more information, please visit http://grupo.iberia.es