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One of two Air France strikes called off

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One of two Air France strikes called off
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10:24 CEST+02:00

A planned four-day strike by cabin crew from this Friday, July 29th, has been called off after talks between Air France management and the unions.

 

In a statement, the airline said it could “confirm that all flights for this weekend will operate as normal.”

The cabin crew strike had been called after management and the unions fell out over plans to set up regional hubs to combat low-cost operators like EasyJet and Ryanair. The airline wants to increase the productivity of cabin crews so it can offer flights from as cheap as €50.

Sticking points included rules around overtime and the airline has agreed to re-open negotiations. “We got what we wanted on a good proportion of our demands,” Frank Mikula, a union representative, told AFP.

The planned strike was destined to cause huge problems. The end of July sees thousands of people returning from their traditional month off while a similar number start their August holidays.

However, the threat of a strike by pilots from August 5th to 8th is still in place. The most powerful pilots’ union, SNPL, which represents 70 percent of the airline’s pilots, is fighting government proposals to reform retirement rules.

 

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