Air France unions to stage more strikes in ‘early May’

There was more bad news for travellers in France on Thursday when unions representing Air France airline workers called on staff to stage more strikes in "early May" after rejecting the offer of a pay increase offer put forward by management.

Air France unions to stage more strikes in 'early May'

Unions called on staff at Air France to step up the pressure on the airline's bosses by staging more industrial action in May.

Air France pilots, cabin crews and ground staff have already held nine days of strikes since February and two more are scheduled for Monday April 23rd and Tuesday April 24th.

Talks have been ongoing this week but passengers saw their hopes of a resolution dashed on Thursday when unions announced there would be more strikes in “early May” without naming the actual dates.

Air France unions, who say wages have remained the same since 2011, are demanding staff be given a 5.1 percent pay increase across the board in 2018.

Company bosses have been offering a 2 percent rise in 2018 with further pay increases to come in the years ahead depending on whether the company makes a profit.

On Thursday the joint union group rejected the latest offer on the table.

Last week Air France bosses revealed that the first seven days of the strikes had cost the airline €170 million. After nine days of industrial action the bill is believed to €220 million.

The airline had already warned that the strikes were costing Air France €25 million each day, money the airline says it should be investing in buying planes and creating jobs.

“These strikes are having serious consequences for the business,” Air France bosses have warned. “They put the future of Air France in danger.”

READ ALSO: What can I do if I am due to fly Air France on a strike day?


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  1. Is it possible for you to update and keep showing the calendar with the strike dates for SNCF and Air France? I found it very useful and easier to follow than trying to guess which Wednesday or Saturday you are talking about. Thank you.

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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.