|Iberia Express begins operations|
SPAIN The Iberia Airlines (part of British Airways) pilots belonging to the SEPLA Union -the majority- voted to strike every Monday and Friday beginning on April 9 until July 20, both dates included. The reason is that they have not been able to reach an agreement with the company about its new low-cost airline Iberia Express, among other things. The latter began operations last Sunday, after the Development Ministry-appointed mediator, former minister Manuel Pimentel, announced that the talks had come to an end. The strikes so far, in December, January and February, have meant some €36million in losses, some €3m per day. It is possible, according to sources, that other unions, covering ground services such as baggage handling and cleaning, may join the pilots by striking as well.