Flight operator Alitalia Società Aerea Italiana has announced 2,037 job-cuts to take place by the end of 2019.
The company aims at increasing its revenue by 30% by the end of 2019 and to reverse the current trend of severe operating losses. In order to do so, the management plans to revise the company’s business model, to reduce jobs and wages, to improve strategic partnerships with other operators, and to put in place new technology-based commercial initiatives.
Job cuts will be across all the company’s activities, affecting clerks, ground staff, flight attendants and pilots. The cuts involve also 558 workers employed on a fixed-term basis and 141 workers based abroad.
The government summoned the company and is taking part in negotiations together with unions in a view to reduce the job cuts and put in place social shock absorbers.
Unions organised strikes and called for a substantial revision of the plan, avoiding dismissals. The company has been severely reducing its staff over the last years, the latest collective dismissals procedures being concluded in 2015 and 2014 (see AlitaliaIT-2015 and AlitaliaIT-2014).