Feb. 19 - Over 200 Iberia flights have been cancelled on the second day of a five-day strike against restructuring plans that could result in the loss of over 3000 jobs for the Spanish flag-carrier. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Iberia has cancelled 415 flights between Monday and Friday, although a total of around 1,200 flights operated by various airlines will be grounded because of the lack of handling services at Spanish airports. The strike is causing disruption to passengers and will cost the airline and struggling national economy millions of euros. Staff, including baggage handlers, pilots and air stewards, will hold three five-day strikes in February and March to protest management plans to axe over 3,800 jobs and cut salaries at the airline. Two further strikes are planned for March 4 to March 8 and March 18 to March 22.