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Spanish unions seek to reverse airline merger

Unions in Spain are considering strike action in a bid to unravel last year's merger between British Airways and Iberia.

20 November 2012

Strike action may be set to take place in Spain in a bid to unravel the merger between British Airways and Iberia, which went through last year.

The prospect of strike negotiations has arisen after the announcement of a restructuring at Iberia, which will see 4,500 jobs lost, along with cuts to both pay and flights.

Head of Spanish pilots' union Justo Peral Sepla told the Daily Telegraph: "It's not fair and it’s not the way things were supposed to be. The merger was supposed to bring growth for both companies and benefits for workers of both airlines."

Mr Peral added that the union did not want to see Iberia "dismantled" by the British firm.

Iberia's management has reacted angrily to such comments, accusing the union of "repeated lies".

Those involved in a merger may need to pay particular attention to the issues involved in tackling an unhappy workforce, not least when job losses are in prospect.

Such a challenge may await management of AG Barr and Britvic, with the pair noting synergies worth up to £40 million could be achieved by 2016 - which may include significant staff costs.

Posted by David Gleck

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