Former Alitalia flight attendants this week protested against job losses and pay cuts in a particularly Italian way – by stripping naked.
Union complaints: salary cuts, loss of seniority
The unions say those who stay are paid less.
ITA President Alfredo Altavilla called the threats to strike previously described as “a thing of national disgrace”.
He says airline staff accepted the current working conditions and allegedly compared their complaints to those of a driver looking in the rearview mirror.
This is the new ITA Airways livery.
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Not much has changed for passengers
Of Alitalia’s 10,500 employees, only 2,800 have been employed by ITA.
The new airline has retained 52 of Alitalia’s 110 planes, according to Reuters. However, he announced plans for a brand new Airbus fleet, as well as a chic new livery and Italian-made goods, from crew uniforms to lounge furniture.
For passengers currently traveling, however, not much has changed. The new ITA livery – sky blue, to represent the Italian national sports teams – will be phased in, starting over the next few months, Altavilla announced last week.
And new uniforms, accessories and accessories are in the works, with the airline in top secret talks with big brands, he said.
Top image: Former Alitalia flight attendants organize a protest in Rome in this video image. (Federico Mariani / USB video via AP)