Iberia Christmas strike called off

A strike which threated Iberia flights in the run-in to Christmas has been called off.

Unions representing ground staff and cabin crew had planned six days of stoppages between December 14 and 21 in protest against job cuts planned by parent company International Airlines Group.

But unions said no agreement with loss-making Iberia had been reached, leaving the door open for fresh action from January.

The industrial action has been cancelled to avoid disruption over the Christmas period, the unions said.

“We’ve decided to call off the strike because of the dates and because we don’t want to harm passengers,” a spokesman for the Union Sindical Obrera (USO) told Reuters.

“Until January, depending on whether disagreements persist, we will study new actions.”

Iberia’s management issued a statement welcoming the move as the “first step on the road to necessary dialogue”.

IAG last month announced plans to cut 4,500 jobs at Iberia – about a quarter of the workforce.

It is also planning to cut the number of routes it operates and cut pay by between a quarter and a third in an effort to stem losses and remain competitive.

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