ITA Airways, Italy's new national airline, took to the skies last week, but all is not well on the ground of Italian aviation.
Former Alitalia flight attendants protested this week against job losses and pay cuts. They protested in a particularly Italian way by taking their clothes off.
In their Alitalia uniforms, an estimated 50 female former flight attendants turned up at Campidoglio -- the centre of power in Rome for around 2,000 years and whose main square was redesigned by Michelangelo.
The job losers then removed them to stand in their underwear, chanting "We are Alitalia." Their demonstration was to protest not only against job losses, but also against the contracts awarded to those who have been retained by ITA Airways.
ITA Airways flight attendants said that as well as taking a pay cut, they have lost seniority, and are no longer told far in advance where and when they will be working.
ITA President Alfredo Altavilla has called previously called threats of strike action "a thing of national shame."
He says that airline staff agreed to the current working conditions and has reportedly compared their complaints to a driver looking in the rear view mirror.
"Bargaining over contracts is more than finished. They are all on board, and they have signed the contract that we sent them," Altavilla told Il Fatto Quotidiano earlier this month.
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