Tension skyrocketing Ita. Yesterday the recruitment campaign for the new Italian airline, which is known, aims to hire 2,800 pilots, flight attendants and ground staff, started between a very harsh demonstration and the peaceful occupation of the newco headquarters by union representatives. . The recruitment plan wanted by the president Alfredo Altavilla, a plan that provides for the direct call and without the application of the national contract, triggered the reaction of all the trade unions, from the confederal to the Cobas which, after meeting with the top management of yesterday afternoon, they expected at least the start of a mediation. Altavilla, on the other hand, was adamant, reiterating that the new company regulations will be applied to the letter. And that there is now no room for negotiation: “The trade union proposals are unacceptable.”
Ita, for the unions it is total rupture: the negotiation on the new employee contract has also failed
Every day – the company calculates – about 100-150 candidates between pilots and flight attendants will be selected and then hired. We start today with the aim of closing quickly. To deliver the names for the crews to ENAC by 23 September. Provided that new twists do not change the direction of travel undertaken by the company since yesterday there were more than a thousand at Eur – under the company’s headquarters – protesting with smoke bombs and flags against the company’s choices. And just to increase the pressure Filt Cgil, Fit Cisl, Uiltrasporti, Ug, Usb, Fast Confsal and the professional associations Anpac, Anpav, Anp and Navaid, did not leave the negotiating table, remaining assaulted in the offices of Viale dell’Arte di Ita all night.
The hard line chosen is a way to overcome the barrage of the unions that oppose, according to the calculations of the workers’ organizations, the 30-40% salary cut, the reduction of the vacation amount and the company bonus linked to the achievement of a certain level of productivity at the end of the plan. Sacrifices, say to Fit-Cisl, unacceptable that would lead an Ita pilot to earn less than an equal degree of Ryanair or, just to give another example, cut the salary of a flight attendant by 30% compared to what he took in Alitalia . Of course, the company is on the opposite side and talks about lower wages, but still in line with the market. Be that as it may, by the weekend the names of the crews of the 52 aircraft acquired by the extraordinary administration must be delivered to ENAC: 7 Airbus 330, 45 Airbus 320 family. To the new hires, chosen from among the 29,500 who applied, Altavilla will apply an individual contractual regulation and not the national contract, paying a lower salary of 15-25% compared to the Alitalia average. Within a few hours Ita expects to recruit about 550 pilots, 1,000 flight attendants and 1,250 for ground personnel. And so close the circle of protest. “The success of the initiative – says the company – depends on the real discontinuity with the past”.
WALL AGAINST WALL
In the evening, a very harsh joint communiqué from the trade unions arrived. “The position taken by Ita is very serious and incomprehensible, also because the negotiations could have continued and instead the company has set conditions halter”. The secretaries of the transport sector of Cgil, Cisl and Uil, respectively Stefano Malorgio, Salvatore Pellecchia and Claudio Tarlazzi, asked for the immediate intervention of the Ministry of Economy, the sole shareholder of Ita, for a mediation in extremis. “We hope – they stressed – that common sense prevails and that spirits are not further exasperated, but that instead we realize that we are facing the fate of 10,500 workers”. Today a demonstration in New Year’s Eve and permanent mobilization, with the confirmation of the 24-hour strike of all air transport for Friday.
The pressure on the Ministry of Labor continues to extend the Cigs for employees who will remain trapped in Alitalia.