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Iberia strikes could spell chaos for travellers at Christmas
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SIX days of strikes just before Christmas could cause travel chaos for thousands of people hoping to get home or away.
Unions representing workers at the Spanish airline, Iberia, have announced they will stage the strikes immediately before the Christmas holidays in protest against the company’s plans to lay off 4,500 staff.
Ground staff and cabin crew are set to go on strike on December 14 and from December 17 to 21.
Francisco Rodriguez, from Spain’s largest workers’ union, the UGT, said the strikes were to protest against the ‘unnecessary layoffs’.
International Airlines Group, the merged British Airways andIberia, plans to cut 23% of the Spanish company’s staff and claims the carrier is ‘in a fight for survival’.
The pilots’ union, SEPLA, is not among the six unions backing the strike.
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