Italy - Strike action of Alitalia staff - August 31, 2016

Alitalia had to cancel 142 flights due to a strike by part of its staff protesting the ending of certain employee benefits. The Alitalia representative said the action was linked to the recent ending of a ‘privilege for pilots and staff members’, which allowed them to travel free from different parts of Italy to get to or from their bases in Rome or Milan. The decision to end that arrangement was taken to save money, and in line with other airlines in Europe and the rest of the world. The Fit-Cisl labour union condemned what it said was an ‘attack on the rights of workers’, stressing that Alitalia staff had ‘always shown a great responsibility and professionalism’, including in tough times.

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