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.

 

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One of two Air France strikes called off

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.

 

One of two Air France strikes called off
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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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STRIKES

French customs officers strike over job cuts

Customs officers across France will walk out on Thursday in protest at job cuts that unions say will “weaken the customs network”.

French customs officers strike over job cuts

The national strike on Thursday, March 10th is expected to lead to delays at ports, airports and on the Eurostar.

The strike, which will include a rally outside the National Assembly building in Paris, was called by the CFDT-Douane and has the support of other unions. 

A work-to-rule protest over pay and conditions by customs officers in 2019, under the shadow of Brexit, led to delays and disruption at airports, as well as ports including Calais and Dunkirk, and on Eurostar trains.

Unions are calling on the government to axe plans to switch responsibility for import duty collection to the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques by 2024, at the cost of 700 customs’ officer jobs – and, according to strikers, tens of billions of euros to State coffers.

“We are asking for the reforms to be stopped, mainly that of the transfer of taxation, which is disorganising the network with the elimination of nearly a thousand jobs,” CFDT-Douane’s secretary general David-Olivier Caron said.

The planned job cuts come after years of restructuring and streamlining that has seen thousands of positions disappear, the unions say, when customs fraud and smuggling is rising because of a lack of resources.

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