Looming cuts to jobs and flights can still be avoided if negotiations between managers and unions progress, Air France-KLM’s management has said.
After wild scenes recently in which an Air France manager had his shirt ripped off by an angry mob of union protestors who stormed the boardroom (see: Angry ‘clothes off!’ mob rips airline manager’s shirt off) the airline group’s board has reaffirmed its support for chief executive Alexandre de Juniac.
“The 2017 activity-reduction plan can still be avoided if negotiations conclude quickly,” Air France-KLM’s board said in a statement to Reuters.
“The board encouraged management and labour organisations to pursue talks in this direction,” the statement added.
Having failed to secure the agreement of its pilots to a plan launched earlier this year to increase working hours but keep pay at the same level, Air France got tough and announced a so-called ‘plan B’ to cut 2900 job cuts and slash the network.
That’s when things got nasty and a manager had his shirt ripped off.
A new conciliatory tone has followed, with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls saying job cuts were not the only way to help the airline compete with low-cost and Gulf carriers.
The French government owns 17.6% of Air France-KLM.
Edited by William Sykes