STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
UNIONS in the Balearic Islands yesterday urged Balearic President Francesc Antich to set up a sub-committee within his Transport department to handle what has become the thorny issue of crisis in the airline sector.

The move comes following this year's job cuts at Palma-based airline Spanair, and Futura and LTE going into administration. The Workers Commission (CCOO)and General Workers Union (UGT) said that the sub-committee should consist of representatives of the unions, the Balearic government, the key airlines, and smaller companies allied to the industry where unemployment is also wreaking havoc.

The demand from the unions will become formal next week when an official petition for the creation of the sub-committee is handed to the Balearic government. The document will formally condemn the current airline sector situation in the region - theoretically a source of 20'000 jobs - which is described by the Unions as “extremely difficult.” They assert that the industry is one of the pillars of regional economy but claim it is being seriously undermined by the financial crisis.

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