Air France strikes: All unions apart from one call off four-day June walkout

All but one of the Air France unions have called off the four day strike scheduled for the end of June.

Air France strikes: All unions apart from one call off four-day June walkout
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The Air France strike scheduled for Saturday June 23rd, Sunday June 24th, Monday June 25th and Tuesday June 26th has been called off by all but one pilots' union.
Unions representing pilots (SNPL, Alter), ground staff (CGT, FO and SUD) and air stewards (SNPNC, Unsa-PNC, CFTC, SNGAF) have called off the strike, saying they would prefer to wait for the arrival of the airline's new CEO in July. 
“It will be more effective to wait for the appropriate representative, and as a result, we have decided to suspend our strike notice,” the unions announced. 
Only the second pilots’ union SPAF, is planning to go ahead with the industrial action, so there may still be some disruption to flights.
Air France unions are attempting to secure a 5.1 percent wage increase for employees at the airline.  
They have criticised the new leadership at Air France for not responding to the fact that a pay deal was rejected by employees at the airline on May 4th. 
In the consultation with Air France employees, 55 percent of staff rejected the wage deal proposed by the company's management. 
This led to the resignation of the airline's previous boss Jean-Marc Janaillac.
Air France recently brought in an interim president Anne-Marie Couderc, who will fill the role until it is permanently filled in July. 

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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.