“Why wouldn’t the government help? It saved the banks, it saved Ilva, why not us?” This observation by an Alitalia worker summarizes what is happening in the former national airline, the day after the resounding “no” issued from the union to the non-business plan proposed by the company. A company that, despite the failure of its strategy, continues to raise its voice, as the board decides to initiate proceedings for special administration, a step toward bankruptcy. This shift must be approved at the shareholders’ meeting on May 2.
So there is still a week to see if the government will really appoint the commissioners, selected by the Ministry of Economic Development. Or if the leaders of Etihad, Unicredit and Intesa San Paolo, the company’s major shareholders, and the government leaders, rethink this issue. Mainly due to the fact that Alitalia has 11,600 direct employees and a giant sphere of satellite activities that employ another tens of thousands of workers. And these workers operate in the sensitive area of air transport across the entire country, with high visibility.