Dozens of former flight attendants from the defunct Italian airline Alitalia wore solely their underwear in a silent, staged protest in central Rome on Wednesday.
Italy’s decades-old airline, which had been in monetary bother for a very long time, flew its closing journey on Oct. 14. The following day, a brand new airline, ITA, commenced operations, utilizing a few of Alitalia’s planes. It additionally bought the Alitalia model; nevertheless, it would make use of lower than 3,000 of Alitalia’s 10,000 staff.
According to union officers, people who will work for ITA might be paid a lot much less.
Some 50 ex-flight attendants gathered in rows in a sq. atop Rome’s Capitoline Hill, lowered their firm shoulder luggage to the cobblestone sidewalk, then slowly and in unison eliminated their overcoats, uniform jackets, skirts, and high-heeled sneakers.
For a couple of minutes, they stood barefoot, carrying solely a slip, in quiet. Then they rigorously gathered their garments and sneakers and exclaimed, “We are Alitalia!”
Union leaders have urged the federal government to increase jobless advantages for as much as 5 years.