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Reports: Union leader criticizes Jan. 19 strike plan by employees of ailing Alitalia

Reports: Union leader criticizes Jan. 19 strike plan by employees of ailing Alitalia

The head of one of Italy's largest labor federations on Saturday criticized a planned Jan. 19 strike by employees of ailing Alitalia, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.
The UIL labor federation, headed by Luigi Angeletti, has decided not to participate in the one-day walkout because the strike, by workers opposed to Alitalia's privatization, "is an error," ANSA quoted him as saying.
"It's a way to hurt yourself," Angeletti told ANSA. "And to show that Alitalia's problem is the unions _ that's an opinion already widely held, and thus we'd give further demonstration of that" by a strike, he was quoted as saying.
Another Italian agency, Apcom, carried similar comments by Angeletti.
On Friday, the economy ministry said that potential buyers of the flagship airline must guarantee the jobs of Alitalia's 18,000 employees, as well as save national routes and the Italian identity of the carrier.
Expressions of interest for Alitalia must be presented by Jan. 29. Buyers must have minimum capital of euro100 million (US$131.73 million).
The government is seeking an investor or group of investors to buy at least a 30.1 percent stake in the airline as it sells down its 49.9 percent share. It has not been determined exactly how great a stake the government will retain.
Strikes, as well as higher fuel costs and competition from low-cost airlines, have plagued Alitalia.


Updated : 2021-06-19 01:24 GMT+08:00