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Air France pilots threaten September strike

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-26

Air France pilots are expected Thursday to announce strike action for September in protest at planned organisational changes to the French national carrier.

The pilots’ SNPL union said it was “determined to be heard” as Air France moves to a “low-cost” strategy.

Air France is expected to announce a restructuring, dubbed “Perform 2020”, in September for its short-haul flights.

The reform would include moving non-core routes to its low-cost subsidiaries Hop! and Transavia. Some routes may be dropped altogether.

“The threat to our jobs is just too big,” SNPL President Jean-Louis Barber told AFP on Wednesday, “An announcement will be made on Thursday.”

The SNPL has been threatening strike action since late July, and 77 percent of its members said this week that they support industrial action.

While the union accepts that restructuring is both necessary and inevitable, Barber pilots were angry that they have been left out of the decision-making process.

In an open letter to the CEO of Air France-KLM, Barber said his union was “determined to be heard so that necessary reforms can be put in place properly”.

“We are all for having the right product at the right time to offer our clients,” wrote Barber, but he added that his union was unhappy that pilots were not consulted, especially in how they would be reorganised in terms of large and small aircraft.
 

Date created : 2014-08-26

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