Minister: “Things are moving in the right direction”
The Spanish government appears to have persuaded Iberia and unions to agree to an independent mediator to facilitate talks between them, ending the strikes that have damaged the country’s reputation this week.
“Things are moving in the right direction and there may be an agreement between the two parties,” Ana Pastor, minister of public works said.
The government is concerned about two things in particular: the impact of the airline’s plans to cut more than 3800 jobs on Spain’s record-high unemployment rate, and the strike’s negative image on Spanish tourism as spring and summer approach. This has been the first of three weeks of strikes planned for February and March.
However, the biggest of the unions, UGT, said strikes would continue until Iberia stops its job-cut plans.
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