Flight attendants strike over Alitalia rescue plan

Alitalia, Italy’s national airline, was forced to cancel 90 flights yesterday (21 February) because of a strike called by a flight attendants’ trade union.

Sixty-two international and 28 domestic flights were cancelled after the stoppage called by Sult, which represents about 30% of Alitalia’s 4,000 flight attendants.

It was the second strike in less than two weeks called by the union, which opposes a rescue plan for the airline, because it will cause job losses.

Alitalia’s chief executive Giancarlo Cimoli agreed with most of the company’s 22,000 employees last October on a restructuring plan that involves about 3,700 job cuts.

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