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Air France pilots announce week-long strike in September

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-28

The union representing a majority of Air France pilots called on its members to join a strike planned between September 15 and 22, as part of a running dispute with the company over its strategy to compete against low-cost airlines.

Pilots say they are being left out of discussions about the reorganisation of the airline as its parent company looks to strengthen its offering of short-haul flights.

In recent years the Air France-KLM group has rolled out the no-frills Transavia and Hop! airlines to lure back customers from the likes of Ryanair and easyJet.

There are disagreements about which carriers within the group – and which pilots – should be used for shorter routes, while the union fears that some routes will dissapear altogether.

“The threat to our jobs is too dangerous,” Jean-Louis Barber, president of the SNPL union told the AFP news agency this week.

In a letter addressed to employees last week Air France said its new strategy, the details of which will be unveiled on September 11, would require “no transfer of personnel, nor of work contracts, nor or of aircraft between the [group’s] sister companies.”

Despite the effort to reassure workers, Barber said the pilots union was determined to “make its voice heard.”

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-08-28

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