Strike at Air France: 30% of flights canceled Tuesday

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Negotiations resumed Monday morning. The group’s unions are calling for a 6% increase in wages for all by 2018. A claim rejected by the company that proposed, in an attempt to end the conflict, a “general increase to 2%” this year.
The strike continues at Air France while negotiations resumed Monday morning between the management and the inter-union. For the day Tuesday, the airline plans to provide “70% of its flight program,” she said in a statement sent to the Figaro , this monday at the end of the morning. In detail, 55% of long-haul, 65% of medium-haul and 80% of short-haul should be insured. Strike rates are 29.6% for pilots, 20.4% for aircrew and 12.4% for ground staff. “Disturbances and delays can not be ruled out,” warns Air France. “The company advises its customers who booked a flight for this day of April 17 to postpone their trip.” The rate of strikers has decreased slightly. It will reach 29.6% among the pilots (against 36.3% last Wednesday), 20.4% among the hostesses and stewards (against 21.6%) and 12.4% for the ground staff (against 15.1%). %). »READ ALSO – Strike at Air France: how to postpone or get your ticket refunded? Resumption of negotiations Employee representatives, who have been demanding wage increases for weeks, decided last Friday to maintain the next four calls to strike, including Tuesday and Wednesday, and April 23 and 24. This decision came after two days of discussions between management and unions, at the end of last week, which had ended in failure , the unions rejecting the new offer of management. The management of Air France wishes the opening of a multi-year negotiation (2019-2021). It states that it has proposed a “general wage increase of 3.6%” over this period, “guaranteed under the growth pact”. “Salaries would be increased, on average over the period, from 11 to 12%,” says the company. Management is also committed to implementing this year “an additional increase in salaries of 1%, which brings the general increase to 2%” for 2018. “This proposal would provide a response to wage demands while preserving the growth trajectory of the company, made possible by the efforts made by Air France employees in recent years, “explains the airline in a statement . An “indecent” proposition Problem: the Inter calls for 6% overall increase this year. She believes that “coming to the negotiating table with such an indecent proposal is not respectful towards employees”. “The management remains encamped on a multi-year agreement, while the Inter Union wants to address only its claim on 2018. Once we have reached an agreement on 2018, we will be ready to listen to the proposals of the management on this multi-year agreement . But not before, “said Karim Taïbi of FO. Seven strike days have already taken place since February 22 and four more are expected by the end of April. A situation deplored by management. According to her, the strike has already cost 170 million euros to the company. “Negotiating for a compromise is the only way out of the conflict. To refuse the compromise and to continue the flight forward in this strike is to take a heavy responsibility vis-à-vis the employees of the company, and the customers who support Air France, “she warns.

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