France -Longest Air France pilot strike ends -September 28, 2014

A full scale strike by Air France pilots entered its second week, potentially making it the longest pilot strike since 1998, before a deal was reached.

A full scale strike by Air France pilots entered its second week, potentially making it the longest pilot strike since 1998, before a deal was reached. The trade union Spaf, which won the second biggest number of votes in elections of representatives of personnel on works councils, announced early September it was backing the SNPL trade union strike call for 15-18 September (see our Newsletter of July/August), bring mobilisation up to 75% according to the unions or 60% according to Air France management. As Air France reorganises in order to face up to competition from low-cost airlines, the trade unions wanted a single contract for pilots working on planes run by Air France, its regional carrier Hop! and its low-cost branch Transavia. Management wanted to expand the Transavia routes, whose pilots and crews are paid less than their Air France counterparts. The unions rejected offers from Air France to limit the expansion to 30 planes by 2019 instead of 37 and to temporarily suspend Transavia routes to and from Paris, Lyon, Nantes and Toulouse. Transavia pilots earn about 40% less than Air France pilots, who make an average of €75,000 per annum.

English: http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/air-france-pilots-union-ends-strike ...  

http://www.english.rfi.fr/visiting-france/20140905-second-pilots-union-joins ...    

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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