Staff at Iberia strike in protest against cuts

Attention to Iberia passengers and airport taxi drivers, please check Iberia (IB flight code) flight status on arrivals and departures. Effected dates 28th Feb 2013-15th March 2013

This week, staff at Iberia airlines have commenced a series of strikes in protest at the company’s plans to cut 3,800 jobs.  Strikes started this week (half term week) with 236 cancellations on Monday, with more stoppages coming over the next three weeks.  It is believed that the strike action could lead to around 1,200 flight cancellations, causing travel disruption for approximately 70,000 passengers.

As part of a skeleton service, the Spanish government has guaranteed that 46% of domestic flights, 61% of medium-haul flights, and 90% of long-haul flights will run.

Unions representing most of Iberia’s staff, with the exception of pilots, called the strikes – this week’s and then two to follow on 4th – 8th March and 18th – 22nd March.

Willie Walsh, executive of Iberia and BA’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG) has been, in the past, blamed for talks breaking down between unions and the company, having warned that Iberia is losing significant amounts of money (around £1.4m) a day and is in a “flight for survival.”  IAG wants to cut about a quarter of Iberia’s workforce as a part of their strategy to reduce competitive, and help make the airline more competitive in today’s market. 

Questions have been asked as to the effectiveness of these strikes which will cause a high level of disruption to passengers; although many have been found seats on other flights, the general public are not usually keen on having their travel plans changed and this may have a negative effect on the strike action.  However, what is of more concern is the effect of the strikes on the Spanish economy, which is not in the best of shapes right now!  Ana Pastor, Transport Minister in Spain, commented last week: “We can’t allow Spain to lose more than 10 million Euros a day because that kind of hit is going to affect us all.”

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