Air France warns over Saturday strike turmoil

Air France has warned that strike action by flight attendants could cause disruptions on up to 20 percent of its flights on Saturday.

Air France warns over Saturday strike turmoil

In a statement, the airline said that “delays and some same-day cancellations of flights are expected” but that 80 percent of its flights should be operating.

Two of three unions representing flight attendants at the airline have called for strike action on Saturday and on November 2nd to protest plans to reduce the number of attendants on each flight.

“Air France regrets the disruption of flight operations caused by a flight attendants’ strike… The company apologises to its customers and regrets finding itself held hostage under these conditions,” it said.

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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.