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Iberia strikes will see more than 1,200 flights canceled

Airline staff plan five days of stoppages this week

The battle between the employees of Spanish airline Iberia and its bosses will begin a new chapter on Monday, which marks the first of five days of planned strikes that will affect thousands of passengers.

A total of 415 Iberia flights have been canceled this week, 40 percent of the total number scheduled. But the work stoppage will also affect travelers on other airlines, such as Vueling, Iberia Express and Air Nostrum, whose handling services are supplied by Iberia. That will mean another 807 flights will be canceled.

The company has come to blows with its workers over plans to sack 3,800 employees, as well as to cut salaries and reduce its routes by 15 percent.

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