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More nightmares for Air France passengers

LanguedocLiving, Aug 30

The group of unions who are fighting for a 5.1% wage increase for Air France employees issued a statement on Thursday.

The group consists of the nine union organisations - pilots - SNPL and Alter; air stewards SNPNC, Unsa-PNC, CFTC, SNGA; and ground crew CGT, FO and SUD.

The statement said that the fight for the pay increase would start again in earnest in September. They have already had 15 days of strikes between February and May this year, and there are likely to be more in September.

The new CEO of Air France / KLM, Benjamin Smith is due to start ‘no later than September 30’. A spokesperson for the unions said that the appointment of Mr Smith displayed a “totally irresponsible attitude of the leaders” of the company, in a statement released Thursday, August 30, and that this attitude “leads the trade unions to conclude that only a strong hardening of the conflict (…) is likely to force these leaders to a definitive end (of the conflict).”

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