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Air France pilots set to strike during holidays

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Air France pilots set to strike during holidays
Air France pilots are set to go on strike later this month. Photo: Eyeone/Flickr
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Transport in France could be disrupted once again this month with Air France pilots set to hold a four-day strike right in the middle of the French school holidays, in a bid to cause maximum disruption.

Another workers dispute in France’s transport industry is set to prompt yet more industrial action this month.

In recent weeks it has been taxi drivers that have been protesting, but on Thursday, a union representing Air France pilots called on its members to go on a four-day strike.

The action, called by the second biggest pilots union SPAF, is planned for between February 22nd and February 25th – to coincide with school holidays in France.

Air France insisted on Thursday, however, that services would not be disrupted, but did not give details on how it will cope with the strike. However, if you have a flight planned for this time, it’s wise to check directly with Air France.

The dispute centres around the transfer of Air France pilots and aircraft to the company’s low cost subsidiary Transavia, which pilots say threatens their employment contracts.

SPAF claims Transavia must find its own methods to develop “without taking away from its parent company”.

Negotiations have been ongoing for several weeks, but may not lead to a compromise being found before the planned strike.

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