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Iberia unions face down Walsh

Commenting on the deal reached by Spanish unions with Iberia that has headed off the need for a third wave of strikes, ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) civil aviation secretary Gabriel Mocho said: “We are glad to see the airline accept the phased restructuring deal that was on offer all along. We know that both the airline and the Spanish government consider it as feasible and sensible now as it was when the unions first suggested it. Willie Walsh’s decision to step in over Iberia’s heads has led to nothing but needless strife.”
He continued: “This is the second time he has tried these tactics. First it was British Airways. Then it was Iberia. Both times the unions have successfully challenged him. Both times his only result has been damage to the good names and industrial relations of those airlines and inconvenience for their passengers.”

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For more information contact ITF press officer, Sam Dawson. Direct line: + 44 (0)20 7940 9260. Email: dawson_sam@itf.org.uk

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