Alitalia to shed 1,900 jobs

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Alitalia is planning a 1,900 job cull. Photo: Arpingstone/Flickr
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The heavily indebted Alitalia is planning to scrap 1,900 jobs as part of its restructuring plan, the business daily, Il Sole 24 Ore, reported on Wednesday.

The airline’s head of personnel, Giorgio Rossi, reportedly told unions that there would be no involuntary redundancies, with those laid off likely to opt for early redundancy with special benefits.

The layoffs will affect 280 pilots, 350 flight attendants, 480 ground staff, 600 office staff and 190 maintenance staff, the newspaper reported.

"The redundancies will be handled with instruments of solidarity: nobody will leave the company ," Marco Veneziani, the secretary of the transport union Uil, was quoted in Il Sole 24 Ore as saying.

“We have to pay careful attention to where the redundancies will be made.”

Veneziani added that talks between Alitalia and Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, were “well underway”.

Etihad confirmed the talks in December, with reports suggesting the airline is preparing an investment to the tune of €1.2 billion.

In October, Alitalia’s shareholders approved a capital increase of up to €300 million to stave off bankruptcy.

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The carrier has been looking for a foreign partner to rescue it.

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