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Alitalia flight attendants consider strike for new labour contract talks.

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Troubled Italian national carrier Alitalia could be heading for more problems after its flight attendants' union threatened to call a strike over the lack of negotiations for a new labour contract to replace the current one which expires in January 2005.

The SULT union is said to be in discussions on whether to hold a full strike or limited industrial action after Alitalia failed to enter talks over a new labour contract. In October 2004 the airline's unions agreed to a plan which would cut some 3,700 jobs but also save the airline.

Alitalia has started to restructure all its services and hopes to split the ground services and flight services into two separate companies with the help of a EUR400m bridge loan secured by the Italian government and cleared by the European Union, reports AFX.

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