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Air France-KLM holds out last chance to save jobs

October 19, 2015 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Looming 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

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