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Iberia to negotiate furlough with unions if Spain ends COVID force majeure By Reuters


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MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish airline Iberia will seek to negotiate furlough deals directly with unions should Spain’s force majeure government furlough scheme, set to expire at the end of September, not be extended for the aviation sector, the company said on Monday.

IAG (LON :), which recently acquired struggling Spanish airline Air Europa, announced that the company would offer a furlough for workers who cite “organisational” and “productive causes.”

However, it did not offer any further details about what the possible deals might entail.

Iberia said that “the slowdown in the economic recovery as well the increasing uncertainty over whether and under which circumstances force majeure furloughs could apply to aerial sector” had prompted it to initiate negotiations with its labor unions.

According to Iberia, it continues to operate between 30 and 35% below its pre-pandemic level, in large part due to travel restrictions towards China, Latin America, Japan, China, and Latin America.

According to Monday’s official data, 5 million passengers arrived in Spain in August. This is a 172% increase in air travel from one year ago but less than half the pre-pandemic level.

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