415 Flights at 0 Feet: Strike by Employees of Iberia This Week
If you plan on being an Iberia passenger anytime during this entire week between February 18, 2013 and February 22, 2013, you are well advised to keep yourself up to date with one of a series of strikes planning to be implemented by labor unions as a result of proposed reduction of jobs in a “fight for survival”, as 415 flights — or approximately 40 percent of flights operated by Iberia — are expected to be canceled.
FlyerTalk members first found out about the possibility of the strike for this week back in January.
Strikes are also expected to take place during two weeks in March: from March 4, 2013 through March 8, 2013; and again from from March 18, 2013 through March 22, 2013.
The strikes could cost International Airlines Group — the parent company of Iberia — up to 100 million euros.
The unions decided to move with plans for its members to strike despite the offer by Iberia to reduce the initial proposed number of job losses by 693 — and because ground employees such as baggage handlers intend to participate in the strikes, there is a possibility that flights and services by other airlines might be affected as well.
If you are affected by the strike, you can contact the point of sale and request either a change of dates of flights or a refund — but reportedly not re-routing of flights. However, many — if not most — of long-haul flights are expected to be unaffected.
Hey — I had to continue the “_____ at ___ Feet” theme in the headline for the third consecutive time — but I promise not to do it for a fourth consecutive time…