Air France: several unions agree to negotiate, without lifting the notice

Ⓒ AFP – Philippe LOPEZ – | View of the Air France logo at the airline’s headquarters at Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, north of Paris, on April 11, 2018

The majority of Air France unions calling for a strike on salaries, including those representing pilots, agree to surrender Thursday to the negotiation proposed by management but without lifting their notice, they announced Wednesday to AFP in margin of a rally in Roissy.

On the seventh day of a strike since February by episodes, the SNPL and SPAF, representative of the pilots, told AFP, as FO. The CGT was however not sure to go to this appointment of wage negotiation scheduled Thursday at 09:00.

For his representative Karine Monsegu, we must “maintain our movement”, with four other dates already scheduled for 17, 18, 23 and 24 April, until the 6% increase demand “is satisfied”. “They have one knee on the ground”, we have to “hang on until we get our salary increases,” she added.

If Karim Taïbi (FO) will go to the appointment proposed by the management, it is on the other hand for him “out of the question that we go to bed for 1% (more)”. “We’ll get our 6%, it’s a must”.

The management of Air France on Tuesday proposed to unions to start Thursday a multi-year wage bargaining (2019-2021). A “stretched hand”, in the words of Air France’s Chief Executive Officer Franck Terner, with a general increase of 2% in 2018, compared to the 1% initially proposed.

“Tomorrow, Mr. Terner has to come with a full bag,” Taïbi added.

Ⓒ AFP – Philippe LOPEZ – | Air France employees protest outside Air France headquarters at Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy (north of Paris) on 11 April 2018

According to Jérôme Beaurain of SOUTH AER, “the movement does not weaken” and “we will have to put even more pressure”.

The seven-day strike, which led the company to cancel between 70 and 75% of the flights each episode, cost about 170 million euros, according to management.

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