Alitalia’s cabin crews have staged a snack strike or pannini protest on the airline’s European flights.
Passengers were left hungry and thirsty as crews refused to serve food and drinks in protest against new working conditions on the Italian carrier. The action left the management infuriated and threatening legal action. They said the protest was illegal as it occured during the peak holiday period when strikes are not allowed. Unrepentant unions responded that they could stage more serious strikes if their grievances are not addressed. Trying to avoid financial collapse, Alitalia recently negotiated a restructing plan that involves longer hours, lower pay and fewer benefits which has made many employees unhappy. More than three and a half thousand staff are also being laid off. It is possible the EU will soon start a detailed examination of the restructuring plan to see if it contains illegal state aid. If it determines that is the case then parts of the plan could be outlawed.