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Alitalia 'to cut 1,900 jobs', sources

Airline promises no involuntary redundancies

22 January, 15:09
Alitalia 'to cut 1,900 jobs', sources (ANSA) - Rome, January 22 - Alitalia managers told unions Wednesday that the struggling Italian airline intends to cut 1,900 jobs, ANSA sources said Wednesday. Personnel chief Giorgio Rossi promised the unions that there would be no involuntary redundancies, with the laid-off staff being put on special benefits, probably in view of early retirement.

The company began talks on Wednesday with unions over Alitalia's business plans, including a possible partnership with Dubai-based Etihad Airways.

The talks are set to resume Friday.