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Iberia workers end strikes


Workers at Spanish airline Iberia have called off further strikes and accepted a deal put forward by a government-appointed independent mediator.

They had staged two five-day walkouts in February and March, halting thousands of flights, in a dispute over job and salary cuts.

Iberia says it needs to restructure to compete with low cost airlines.

The head of Iberia’s human resources, Jose Luis Romero said: “I express our satisfaction with the agreement, we believe that it is big news, it is very relevant for Iberia and help us to overcome the difficulties we have. We are very satisfied.”

In the recession-hit country where unemployment is already over 26 percent, Iberia is one of the top 35 firms that are planning to cut a total of 35,000 jobs in the first part of the year.

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