Alitalia employees fret over late paycheques
Cash-strapped airline slow to pay monthly salaries to workers27 January, 15:58
The concerns come amid difficulties at the cash-strapped Italian carrier, which last week warned that it intends to eliminate 1,900 jobs.
Alitalia 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.
Alitalia CEO Gabriele Del Torchio said last week that he was upbeat about a possible deal with Etihad Airways.
Etihad in December confirmed it was in talks to buy a 49% stake in Italy's national carrier, equal to a much-needed capital injection of 350 million euros.
The Italian carrier received a 75-million-euro capital injection from State-owned post office Poste Italiane in December as part of a government-engineered 500-million-euro rescue package.
Alitalia could need another capital increase to keep running if its business plan does not bring rapid results and Etihad opts out of the deal, sources said.