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Flight attendants at Italy’s Alitalia stage 4-hour strike

4 June 2007

Alitalia flight attendants were staging a four-hour strike Monday, the latest in a series of protests buffeting the struggling Italian carrier.

Alitalia officials said it was too early to know how many flights would be affected by the protest, scheduled to last until 4 p.m. (1400GMT). Delays and cancellations were expected, the Rome airports authority warned on its Web site.

Thousands of travelers were left stranded last month when protests by flight attendants and air traffic controllers forced Alitalia to cancel nearly 400 flights. Flight attendant unions are trying to keep up the pressure on the carrier over contract negotiations.

source: International Herald Tribune

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