Unions accuse IAG partner British Airways
Rejecting a new proposal by the management of the Spanish airline Iberia about job and salary cuts, just hours before an agreement deadline, the carrier’s employees have said once again that they will strike. No strike dates have yet been given, however.
Iberia and unions were in talks on the struggling airline’s plans to cut up to 4,500 jobs and reduce salaries in what it calls a “fight for survival”. The new proposal offered 3,147 job cuts, 30% fewer than originally put forward, as well as lower wage reductions and capacity cuts of 10% instead of the original 15%.
Unions partly blame Iberia’s International Airlines Group partner British Airways for enforcing the cuts. They argue that BA needs to cut its own costs, and that it has not invested enough in newer aircraft to create a more fuel-efficient fleet.
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