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Airplanes. Alitalia asks redundancy pay extension to April 30, 2018

Rome, Italy - Cost avoidance and economic sustainability as purposes

"Alitalia sent today a letter in which it asks the treatment of unemployment insurance extension for further six months, from next November 1st, 2017 to April 30, 2018. The document has been addressed to the unions and professional associations, to the ministry of economic development, to the ministry of labor and social policy and to the ministry of Infrastructures and Transports. The extension is necessary to continue on the way of cost avoidance, aimed to make company as sustainable economically, protecting all the while full operativeness of Alitalia. In addition the request considers review and optimization of the airline's network and in particular manner of the air traffic reduction that traditionally marks out the Winter season. The procedure, as already happened at the end of May, will continue to involve all carrier's staff, ground and flying, with a balanced implementation to the company's operating and management needs. The new phase of unemployment benefits will have a greater impact compared to previous six months due to the reduced traffic on the Winter season: for ground personnel it will be applied it for a number of workingdays equals to 1230 resources; while for the flying staff it will be implemented for a number of days equivalent to 190 pilots and 380 flight assistants. The redundancy fund will be, as in the previous six months, with modalities to zero hours or at rotation. As expected by the regulations, implementation of the new phase on the redundancy payment will occur only at the end of the union consultation in the context of which reasons, application modalities and entities will be explained and discussed. The carrier will carry on as soon as possible to activate a debate with unions".

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