Ninety percent of Alitalia employees went on strike, summoned by the confederate and basic union, to face a non-strategic business plan that only includes cuts. The move speaks volumes about the state of the former national carrier.
In addition to the 60 percent of flights canceled estimated by management, there were more flights skipped during the day, because even the most lukewarm workers crossed their arms and participated in demonstrations and meetings held at Fiumicino airport. The end result was that about three out every four aircrafts stayed on the ground.
Such an impressive abstention from work was the direct result of the “impossible dispute,” summarized well by Nino Cortorillo, representative of the Filt Cgil union: “Basing a business plan on a mandatory agreement with the union, called to accept layoffs and wage cuts, is blackmail and not a negotiation. If the company really wants to avoid a dramatic finale, Alitalia needs to become realistic and not ask the union and the workers for an impossible consensus on these proposals. Because the business plan is devoid of development criteria, it is centered solely on cutting costs, including employment and wages.”