Iberia Workers Strike, Clash with Police
Flight attendants, pilots, and baggage handlers at Iberia began the first of three week-long strikes. The job action will last for five days and are in response to the airline’s proposal to cut around 3,800 jobs positions.
Striking workers clashed with police today at Madrid’s Barajas airport, an Iberia hub, as hundreds demonstrated outside the terminal. Inside the airport, other striking workers conducted a sit-in.
The next two strikes are scheduled to take place from March 4 through March 8, and March 18 through March 22, 2013.
Analysts predict that the combined 15 days of striking could potentially cost the airline between 50 million and 100 million euros ($67 million and $134 million).
Iberia has canceled 415 flights this week. The carrier says that, of the about 70,000 passengers that have been affected by the current strike, around 60,000 have made arrangements with other carriers, while the rest have received full refunds.
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