15 days of strike action by staff at Iberia have been announced over February and March.
The ground staff and cabin crews of the Spanish airline will go on strike from 18th-22nd February, 4th-8th, and 18th-22nd March. The industrial action is in protest against the company’s plans to lay off 23% of its workforce, equating to 4,500 employees.
A week of strikes in December were called off in order for negotiations between the unions and airline to take place, however these ended without an agreement.
Gabriel Mocho, civil aviation secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation blamed Willie Walsh, chief executive of Iberia parent company IAG, for the breakdown in the talks.
“The fingerprints of Willie Walsh are visible in the breakdown in talks that led to this declaration.,” he said. “Orders from above have clearly denied Iberia the freedom to achieve a joint negotiated plan with unions to secure a profitable future for the airline.”
IAG has said previously that the job cuts are necessary for the airline’s survival.