Alitalia to sack a fifth of its employees

Almost a fifth of entire company will be looking for a job
Almost a fifth of the entire company at Alitalia will be sacked, according to radical cost cutting measures presented to trade unions. The troubled airline aims to cut more than 2,000 jobs and slash salaries by up to a third in a new survival plan.
Unions say the job cuts will total more than 2,400, a fifth of the company’s global headcount. But the company says it is closer to 2,000 and stresses plans to recruit 500 new cabin crew by 2019 as it – hopefully – returns to profitability.
Most of the cuts will come from a 51% reduction in office staff and a 20% reduction in non-flying operational roles.
Employees who survive the cull are being asked to accept massive pay cuts, including up to 28% for pilots and 32% for cabin crew.
“Headcount reductions are a painful but necessary action that, alongside other cost reductions, will stabilise our financial situation and create long-term sustainability,” claimed Cramer Ball, the company’s Australian chief executive.
Unions have called for a strike for April 5.


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