Air France has already had nine days of strikes this year and two more are scheduled for next week on Monday and Tuesday (read more here).
The airline has offered employees raises that has been rejected by the unions. The airline CEO threatens to step down if an agreement is not reached with striking employees that have already cost the airline more than 200 million. The union has told that it will announce May strike dates on April 26.
You can access Air France’s web page for strike info here.
Here’s an excerpt from La Tribune (access here):
There will be many more strikes at Air France. After 9 days of walkouts since February that have already cost 220 million euros to the company and two more planned next week, the Inter told in a leaflet this Wednesday, she announced April 26 the days scheduled for early May. De facto, and unsurprisingly, the unions will not sign the proposal for management agreement, subject to signature until Friday noon.
As a reminder, this proposal provides for a salary increase of 2% in 2018 and 5% between 2019 and 2021 (excluding automatic promotion linked to seniority, individual increases, etc.). Inadequate for the unions which demand a rise of 5.1% (except GVT …) for the year 2018 alone.
And here’s from Le Figaro (access here):
“I will of course draw all the consequences of the result of this consultation. (…) My personal future is nothing compared to the immense stake that is the future of Air France,” said Janaillac during a press conference. This consultation, which has no legal value, will take place by electronic vote from April 26 to the beginning of May.
I would be very hesitant to purchase tickets on Air France until this issue with striking employees is resolved. It is no fun of getting stranded or not able to take the trip due to the industrial action.
They mentioned that the strikers only represent 10% of the Air France employees and the participation among pilots is around 30%. This has allowed the airline to fly majority of its schedule even on strike days.
All this, however, creates uncertainty that will affect forward looking bookings. Passengers don’t want to be part of this mess.
Interesting to see how this “direct consultation” with employees will work and what the non-binding results are. The airline management is trying to bypass the unions that have been historically very strong in France.