Air travellers in Italy face further chaos after a wildcat walkout by Alitalia staff. The stoppage has caused dozens of national and international flight cancellations. In the throes of a takeover by the CAI consortium, many pilots and cabin crew, are unhappy over their contracts.
But, the government has threatened tough action against the strikers. Italy’s Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said: ‘‘This wildcat strike will not be allowed to continue as it is a violation of the law. It’s illegal behaviour which we will counter to guarantee people the right to travel.’‘
With the strike heading into its second day, at the last count almost 100 flights had been cancelled in Rome and Milan. ‘‘I’ve been stuck here for two days. They’ve promised we’ll leave but I’m not so sure.’‘ said one traveller. ‘‘Alitalia’s situation is unique, and I want to try and understand the reasons behind the strike. However, for commuters it’s problematic.’‘ said another delayed air traveller.
The CAI consortium, which has an agreement with Italy’s four main unions, is pressing ahead with a deal despite resistance from aircrew over plans to approach them individually over their jobs.