Alitalia’s unions to meet for talks, forging strategy
Alitalia SpA’s nine unions will meet today to forge a common strategy to negotiate the rescue plan for the insolvent airline, raising prospects that the stateowned carrier will avoid bankruptcy.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Monday night said the current plan to sell Alitalia is the only option for saving the company. The government continued talks with the airline’s four biggest unions, which on Sept. 14 had reached an agreement on a revised plan. Berlusconi’s administration also met with groups representing most of the company’s 7,000 pilots and cabin crew, which were excluded from talks over the weekend.
After the meetings, pilots and cabin crew softened their stance on the offer from CAI, the investors group led by Piaggio & C. SpA Chairman Roberto Colaninno that is bidding for the airline.