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Air France chaos as strike cancels 1 in 4 flights

The Connexion, Mar 30

On Friday the Air France strike has grounded one in four scheduled flights, just ahead of the Easter weekend, and it was chaos.

The company has been forced to cancel up to a quarter of its flights, due to the ongoing pay dispute.

Half of flights to and from Nice, the country’s second-largest airport, were cancelled. This included those with HOP!, the company’s subsidiary fleet.

This marks the third stoppage of work at the company in just over a month, after the action of February 22 and March 23.

It comes ahead of two more strike days announced for April 3 and 7.

In total, 11 unions of pilots, air stewards and ground staff have banded together in protest at the company’s pay rise offer.

Staff are demanding a 6% increase, which they say will be in line with inflation since 2011. Management is offering a general rise of 1% and an average rise of 1.4% for ground staff.

Yet, in a statement last week, Air France said that “the rise seen by our staff will average 4.5% across the year, including individual rises and extra interest”.

A press release from the unions disputed this, saying that management was “seeking division” and “giving no concrete response to our demands”.

 

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