Easter misery for travellers as Air France staff announce more strikes

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Easter misery for travellers as Air France staff announce more strikes

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27 March 2018

By | 27 March 2018

Unions have rejected a 1% increase in salary, claiming it does not cover inflation since 2011

Pilots, crew and ground staff working for Air France are to take industrial action on Good Friday, as employees demand a salary increase after years of stagnation.

As well as one on 30 March, further strikes have been called for Tuesday 3 April and Saturday 7 April.

Unions claim that 1% increase in salary doesn't cover inflation since 2011 — roibu / Shutterstock Air France strikes easter Group Created with Sketch. Unions claim that a one per cent increase in salary doesn’t cover inflation since 2011 — roibu / Shutterstock

The stoppages are expected to cause significant disruption to Air France flights.

11 unions representing Air France staff have decided to take the actions to demand a demanding a 6 per cent increase in salaries. Air France–KLM have said that they are unable to meet these demands without compromising its growth strategy.

A walkout last month resulted in the cancellation of more than half of the company’s long-haul flights, Reuters reported, while unions said it impacted 53 per cent of Air France flights.

The unions are in talks with management, and a statement from Air France on 13 March said that it recognised some wages had not increased in line with inflation since 2011.

“At the end of these negotiations, no Air France employee will have seen their purchasing power decrease over this period,” the statement read.

Employees have been offered a raise of one per cent, to be delivered in two instalments, along with other incentives.

This has been described as “small change” by the unions. They say management has “offered no concrete response” to last week’s strike.

The General Confederation of Labour is expected to hold a national strike on 19 April to protest against president Emmanuel Macron’s reforms.

Workers for SNCF, France’s national railway company, will down tools on the same day.

Rail workers with different companies are expected to begin a series of rolling strikes, to begin on 3 April. A stoppage will commence every five days until 28 June. 

Travellers have been informed to check the status of their flight with Air France.