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French airline pilots strike – which flights are affected?

A strike called by French airline pilots in a dispute over pay and working conditions should cause little disruption, say airline bosses.

French airline pilots strike - which flights are affected?
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Pilots on Air France's budget arm Hop are on Monday beginning the first of several planned strike days in an ongoing dispute over pay and working conditions.

Hop, a subsidiary of national carrier Air France, has been at the centre of a dispute over whether its pilots should get the same wages and working conditions as the main carrier Air France.

The  Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne (SNPL), the largest union representing Hop pilots, last week issued a strike notice for a walk-out on Monday, February 24th followed by weekly Friday protests for the next five weeks.

However Air France says that the effect on flights on Monday will be limited.

  • Long-haul destinations and medium-haul destinations operated by Air France will not be affected.
  • On Hop routes, all flights in and out of Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports are running as normal.
  • The main disruption is centred on flights to and from France's regional airports, although Air France says it hopes to run “almost all” its scheduled flights.
  • Anyone who is booked on a Hop flight is advised to check directly with the airline.
  • Anyone who wants to change the date or a pre-booked flight is able to do so free of charge
SNPL say they will continue the strike every Friday until April 30th (a total strike of 144 hours over 12 days, according to their strike notice).
 
The airline's management had offered a wage increase of 3 percent, which the union considers insufficient and is demanding 6 percent.
 
Created in 2013, Hop employs around 2,500 people, including 750 pilots. The company is the result of the merger of the three former Air France regional subsidiaries (Brit Air, Régional and Airlinair).

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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.

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