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Union Calls for 1-Day Strike Against Air France

Union Calls for 1-Day Strike Against Air FranceUnion Calls for 1-Day Strike Against Air France

Years of labor issues between unions and France’s national airline apparently will continue into 2016, as the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) has called upon its members to stage a one-day strike against Air France on January 28, the union said in a statement.

The union continues to protest planned layoffs, outsourcing of some jobs and the staffing of Transavia Airlines, the low-budget carrier formed from Air France’s partnership with Dutch carrier KLM.

According to reports, Air France is planning to eliminate 3,000 jobs in the next two years — 1,000 in 2016 and 2,000 the following year unless Air France management finds an agreement with the pilots’ union by February, Travel Pulse reported.

Walkouts began in January of 2014 and reached an embarrassing climax in October of this year when union representatives literally ripped the shirt off the back of Air France human resources director Xavier Broseta in a meeting between the two sides, after Broseta had talked about layoffs.

The union has asked the government, which already owns 17.6% of the airline, to take a larger stake in the carrier and to become more involved in the talks – but the government has declined.

According to Forbes, Air France has asked its pilots to fly more hours for no extra pay to avoid redundancies. The pilots rejected that, so Air France has reduced its long-distance flights by 10% and removed 14 planes from its fleet.