Iberia and unions meet mediator in bid to settle dispute

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Iberia and its unions are today meeting the mediator appointed to try a broker a breakthrough in the dispute over planned cut at the Spanish carrier after initial proposals were presented yesterday.

Pilots, cabin crew and ground staff are today on the fourth day of a second five-day stoppage in protest at the carrier's plans for major job cuts. The carrier last month began a 30-day consultation on its plans to cut 3,800 jobs after failing to reach an agreement with unions on an earlier proposal for the loss of 3,147 jobs and wage cuts.

While the strike and job cuts process remain in place, the two sides agreed to a non-binding mediator as part of efforts to settle the dispute. While details of the mediator's proposals have not been released, Spanish media report these as covering 3,141 jobs, an overall 15% pay cut and improved redundancy terms.

A spokesman for Iberia confirms management and unions are meeting the mediator today to discuss these proposals. The mediator is expected to release details of a final, non-binding proposal tomorrow.