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Italy premier urges Alitalia workers to OK compromise deal

  • FILE - In this March 25, 2009 file photo, an Alitalia Airbus A320 is seen at the Linate airport in Milan. Premier Paolo Gentiloni urged Alitalia workers on Friday to approve a compromise deal to relaunch Italy's struggling flagship airline that was reached in last-ditch, government-mediated negotiations between unions and Alitalia management. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    FILE - In this March 25, 2009 file photo, an Alitalia Airbus A320 is seen at the Linate airport in Milan. Premier Paolo Gentiloni urged Alitalia workers on Friday to approve a compromise deal to relaunch Italy's struggling flagship airline that was reached in last-ditch, government-mediated negotiations between unions and Alitalia management. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, left, and Italian Labour Minister Giuliano Poletti talk during a press conference at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, Friday,  April 14, 2017. Gentiloni urged Alitalia workers on Friday to approve a compromise deal to relaunch Italy's struggling flagship airline that was reached in last-ditch, government-mediated negotiations between unions and Alitalia management.  (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)

    Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni, left, and Italian Labour Minister Giuliano Poletti talk during a press conference at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, Friday, April 14, 2017. Gentiloni urged Alitalia workers on Friday to approve a compromise deal to relaunch Italy's struggling flagship airline that was reached in last-ditch, government-mediated negotiations between unions and Alitalia management. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni gestures during a press conference at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, Friday,  April 14, 2017. Gentiloni urged Alitalia workers on Friday to approve a compromise deal to relaunch Italy's struggling flagship airline that was reached in last-ditch, government-mediated negotiations between unions and Alitalia management.  (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)

    Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni gestures during a press conference at Chigi Palace in Rome, Italy, Friday, April 14, 2017. Gentiloni urged Alitalia workers on Friday to approve a compromise deal to relaunch Italy's struggling flagship airline that was reached in last-ditch, government-mediated negotiations between unions and Alitalia management. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni is urging Alitalia workers to approve a compromise deal to relaunch Italy's struggling flagship airline that was reached in last-ditch negotiations between unions and Alitalia management.

The government-mediated deal reached early Friday reduces proposed job and salary cuts and calls for greater investment in the long-range routes that analysts say are critical for Alitalia's survival. It will be put to a referendum of Alitalia workers next week.

At a press conference Friday, Gentiloni said: "I hope it's confirmed by the workers ... Alitalia is a private company but the government hasn't spared any effort to find a turnaround plan."

Alitalia was taken over nearly three years ago by Etihad Airlines after being run by an all-Italian consortium led by banks Unicredit and Intesa Sanpaolo.