Conflict at Air France: Its Pilots on Strike, the Company Plans to Ensure “70%” of Flights Saturday

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Air France plans to ensure 70 percent of its flights on Saturday

“70%” flights will be assured Saturday, April 7 by the airline Air France while the drivers organise a fifth day of strike for wages.

Air France plans to ensure “70%” flights Saturday, April 7, according to a statement sent Friday by the management of the company, which records the highest cancellation rate since the beginning of the wage dispute in February.

During the four previous days of strike, the air group announced to maintain 75 or 76% of flights overall.

In detail, Air France anticipates the continuation on Saturday 75% of long-haul flights from Paris, 65% of medium-haul from and to Roissy and 70% of short-haul in Orly and region.

The movement is “as usual strong monitoring”, knowing that these figures “include charter flights” from other companies, responded Grégoire Aplincourt of Spaf, the second pilot union Air France.

The fifth day of strike for wages , initiated by eleven unions of all trades, coincides with the start of spring school holidays for zone A (Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon and Poitiers).

According to the preliminary declarations received (Diard law), the management estimates the strike rate at 34% for pilots, 26.2% for cabin crew (cabin crew) and 18.7% for cabin crew. the ground staff.

After Saturday, another six days of strike are already scheduled.

Unions demand a 6% wage increase

The union of pilots (SNPL, Spaf, Alter), hostesses and stewards (SNPNC, Unsa-PNC, CFTC, SNGAF) and personnel on the ground (CGT, FO and South), claims, like the Unac who ‘is not part of it, a 6% increase in salary scales.

They believe that management must reward the efforts made in the past, especially as the results of the company improve. It replies that the growth dynamic remains fragile and, above all, lower than that of its competitors.

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