Discussions between the management of Air France-KLM and its pilots fell apart on Wednesday evening after failing to find an agreement..The company has therefore threatened to push forward with its Plan B- which involves dropping 10 percent of its long haul flights and cutting 3000 to 4000 jobs.. The disagreement centred on Air France asking its pilots to spend between 15 to 20 percent more time in the sky... but for the same salary. The pilots refused. SOT Veronique DamonSystematically management have offered us an agreement- saying 'sign here please'- with no further discussions possible, no way of stopping it and no alternative.. It doesn't make things easy. Air France says its plan B will bring in a much higher social cost than its proposed increase in working hours... Some union members blame the pilots. SOTToday we find ourselves in a very difficult position due to their unwillingness to work collectively for the economic welfare of the company.. Now it'll be individuals who will find themselves hit by these alternative measures. Confronted by the stand-off, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says management and the pilots need to return to talks. SOTThe conversations need to resume... Each side needs to make an effort. Notably the pilots, I invite each of them to think about this big responsibility. More details on the strategy are due to be released on Monday.. but - several unions and individuals have already announced they will go on strike.

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Discussions between the management of Air France-KLM and its pilots fell apart on Wednesday evening after failing to find an agreement..The company has therefore threatened to push forward with its Plan B- which involves dropping 10 percent of its lo