MILAN Aug 8 Italy's flagship carrier Alitalia
said on Friday it had reached a deal with trade unions that had
not originally signed up to a labour contract agreement that is
a key part of a tie-up deal with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad.
The agreement comes hours before Alitalia is due to sign the
tie-up with Etihad that is expected to lead to around 1,635 job
In a statement Alitalia said a deal on the transport sector
contract and measures to cut labour costs had been agreed during
the night with the UIL Transport union and the Anpac, Anpav and
Avia professional unions.
The move will lead to savings of around 31 million euros for
the remaining five months of the year, Alitalia said.
(Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Lisa Jucca)