Press: Alitalia meet trade unions on job cuts

Alitalia management will meet the airline’s trade unions today to discuss job cuts, said La Repubblica newspaper in an unsourced report. Last week, Alitalia announced the guidelines for its business plan, including an unspecified number of job cuts, which reports put at 1,000.

The newspaper, citing union sources, said job cuts could include 150 pilots, 400 ground staff and 450 flight assistants.

The union forecast is based on 25 airplanes being grounded, it said.

Alitalia’s business plan particularly includes a downsizing of its Malpensa, Milan airport activities, cutting its international hub activities while boosting low-cost and cargo.

La Repubblica said work-to-rule action by staff at Malpensa is causing cancellation of about 20-30 flights a day.