Italian flight attendants strip off to protest working conditions

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(Granthshala) – Italy’s new national airline, ITA Airways, took to the skies last week, but all is not well at the base of Italian aviation.

Alitalia’s former flight attendant this week protested job losses and pay cuts in a particularly Italian way – by taking off her clothes.

In the Campidoglio – the center of power in Rome for nearly 2,000 years and whose main square was redesigned by Michelangelo – about 50 female former flight attendants came in their Alitalia uniforms, then removed them to stand in their underwear, “We” are Alitalia.
His protest was not only against the loss of his job, but also against the contracts awarded to those who have been retained by ITA Airways.
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Union grievances: pay cut, loss of seniority

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Trade unions say those who have stayed are being paid less.

An ITA Airways flight attendant told Granthshala that along with the pay cut, they have lost seniority, and are no longer told in advance where and when they will work.

ITA President Alfredo Altavila called the threat of strike action a “national shame”.

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He says the airline’s employees agree with the current working conditions and have reportedly compared their complaints to a driver looking in the rear view mirror.

“The bargaining on the contracts is more than finished. They’re all on board, and they’ve signed the contract that we sent them,” Altavilla told daily facts earlier this month.

This is the new livery of ITA Airways.

Handout/ITA Airways

Little has changed for passengers

Of Alitalia’s 10,500 employees, only 2,800 are employed by the ITA.

According to Reuters, the new airline retained 52 of Alitalia’s 110 aircraft. However, it has announced plans for an entirely new fleet of Airbus as well as a chic new livery and Italian-made products, from crew uniforms to lounge furniture.

However, very little has changed for the traveling commuters right now. The new ITA livery to represent Italy’s national sporting teams – sky blue – will be gradually phased out, within the next few months, Altavilla announced last week.

While work on new uniforms, fixtures and fittings is in progress, the airline is in top secret talks with major brands, he said.

Top image: Former Alitalia flight attendants protest in Rome in this image taken from a video. (Federico Mariani / USB video via AP)

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