Cabin crew breakthrough offers chink of light for Iberia

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Spanish carrier Iberia is remaining cautious on the progress of productivity talks despite reaching an initial agreement with some of its cabin crew unions.

Four of the unions representing Iberia cabin crew – CCOO, CTA-Vuelo, Sictpla and UGO – say that following talks with the airline on 7 February, a preliminary agreement has been reached with management on productivity issues. Implementation of these terms is dependent on the signing of a new collective labour agreement.

Iberia has not released a specific progress update on the productivity talks. The airline says it remains in talks with unions, noting that it is dealing with a number of different unions across the company, representing pilots, cabin crew and ground staff. That includes another cabin crew union, STAVLA.

Iberia and its parent IAG have made a new productivity agreement central to making its cost structure more competitive before the Spanish carrier can return to growth. This comes after the airline cut just over 3,000 jobs, cut pay and slashed capacity, which has helped stem Iberia losses.

Under mediator proposals implemented a year ago to settle the initial cuts at Iberia, an additional 4% salary cut was last April imposed on unions until a deal on productivity is reached. That salary cut will be recoverable when a new agreement is reached.