Alitalia’s former flight attendant this week protested job losses and pay cuts in a particularly Italian way – by taking off her clothes.
Union grievances: pay cut, loss of seniority
Trade unions say those who have stayed are being paid less.
ITA President Alfredo Altavila called the threat of strike action a “national shame”.
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.
This is the new livery of 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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