Alitalia reaches deal to avoid lay off for 1,900 workers: union

February 14, 2014
Alitalia planes are pictured before takeoff at the Fiumicino airport in Rome
Alitalia planes are pictured before takeoff at the Fiumicino airport in Rome December 10, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

MILAN (Reuters) - Alitalia's (CAITLA.UL) trade unions said on Friday they have reached a deal with the management to avoid lay off for 1,900 workers.

The agreement, announced in a statement by the FIT-CISL union, is part of the restructuring plan for the troubled carrier and a prerequisite for a tie-up with Etihad Airways.

The Abu Dhabi carrier entered in the final phase of due diligence for a possible investment by in the Italian airline at the beginning of February.

(Reporting by Stefano Bernabei; writing by Francesca Landini)