Iberia to continue cutting capacity by 15% in 2013
After failing to reach agreement with management over job and salary cuts last week, ground and cabin crews at Iberia say they will hold five straight days of strikes in the second half of February. “It will be at least five consecutive days,” a union spokesperson said. “The date hasn’t been set yet. It will be in the second half of February.”
The pledge for fresh strike action is a further blow to Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, the parent company of loss-making Iberia. He said he was “disappointed” that no agreement had been reached, but affirmed that Iberia would continue with its cost cuts – cutting capacity by 15% in 2013, rather than the 10% it had suggested in negotiations, and reducing the fleet by 25 aircraft.
“Iberia is ready and willing to negotiate with the trade unions,” he said. “We are determined and united to implement the necessary changes to secure the future survival and viability of Iberia.”
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