Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Film show: 'Solo: A Star Wars Story', 'Angel Face' and 'Peeping Tom'

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Iraq: Children of Fallujah try to rebuild their lives

Read more

FOCUS

Philippines moves towards allowing divorce

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'We are seeking a new deal', Pompeo advisor says on Iran

Read more

ENCORE!

Hugh Coltman serves up a New Orleans-inspired musical gumbo

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Opera singer Lawrence Brownlee, Snow Patrol & Natalie Prass

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Are there other universes like ours?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US Congress rolls back some crisis-era bank regulation

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Philip Roth: Polarising, prolific, provocative

Read more

France

Air France unions announce new two-day strike over pay dispute

© Eric Piermont, AFP | Airbus A380 jetliners bearing the Air France livery on the tarmac at Paris Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2018-04-02

Air France unions representing both flight crews and ground staff announced on Sunday a new two-day strike for April 10 and 11, the latest move in its pay dispute with the French flag carrier since February.

These new dates are in addition to Air France plans to strike on Tuesday and Saturday, This comes in the same week that workers of the French rail operator SNCF also begin a series of strike days.

The staff of Air France have already carried out a work stoppage on three dates, February 22 and March 23 and 30.

In a statement Sunday, the three pilot unions slammed the "obstinate refusal" of the airline's management "to take into consideration the least of their demands."

The pilots have been joined by unions representing flight attendants and ground personnel, which later issued a joint statement saying Air France "does not take seriously the determination of the employees and the unions."

Air France personnel are demanding a six percent salary increase, with unions arguing the airline should share the wealth with its staff after strong results in 2017.

But management insists it cannot offer higher salaries without jeopardising growth in an intensely competitive sector.

Air France told AFP late Sunday it "deplored the new strike which comes even as management is urging unions to come to new meetings on the negotiations".

The airline said it was necessary to maintain a dialogue "to limit the impact on the still fragile economic situation of the company."

Air France is set to bring in a 0.6 percent pay rise from April 1 and another 0.4 percent increase from October 1, along with bonuses and promotions equivalent to a 1.4 percent raise for ground staff -- seen by unions as grossly inadequate.

The French state owns 17.6 percent of the carrier as part of the Air France-KLM group, Europe's second-biggest airline, which has been plagued by strikes and labour disputes in its French operations in recent years.

(AFP)

Date created : 2018-04-02

  • FRANCE - AVIATION

    Air France strike to affect half of long-haul flights

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French aviation strike to affect domestic flights, authorities say

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    End of travel misery in sight as Air France strike enters final day

    Read more

COMMENT(S)