Spain’s Iberia airline crew protest planned job cuts (

January 6, 2013

Employees at Spanish national airline Iberia have staged a rally in Madrid to protest the company’s plan to lay off thousands of workers.

“What is happening in Iberia is a bit like what is happening in the country, job destruction. Spain is a country that lives because of tourism, so Iberia’s problem does not only affect 4,500 workers, it could be more, 6,000 or more if we don’t stop them,” said Iberia ground staff Julia Pastor.

Iberia is, with British Airways, part of International Airlines Group (IAG), which announced on November 9 plans to cut 4,500 jobs and cut salaries by 25 to 35 percent at the airline.

Three Spanish unions — Workers’ Commissions union (CCOO), the Spanish Airline Pilots Union (SEPLA) and the General Union of Workers (UGT) — have spoken out against the move.

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