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France: Air France employees protest as management meets with unions to discuss job cuts02:57

France: Air France employees protest as management meets with unions to discuss job cuts

France, Roissy-en-France
July 3, 2020 at 16:56 GMT -00:00 · Published

About one hundred Air France employees protested outside the company's headquarters near Roissy-en-France on Friday, as union representatives met with company management to discuss thousands of job cuts.

"We could work on other strategies, what Air France's management presents to us as unavoidable for the survival of the company, is in fact only an ultra-liberal and capitalist strategy that aims to try to resume dividend sharing among shareholders as soon as possible," denounced Valerie, an Air France employee taking part in the protest.

The plan, announced on Tuesday through the Central Social and Economic Committee (CSEC) would eliminate 7,500 job positions mainly through voluntary departures.

Air France, like many airlines, has been hit hard by the economic crisis linked to the coronavirus, but unions and workers are furious that a recent €7 ($7.87) billion bailout given to the company by the French government did not come with requirements to prevent job losses.

At Air France Hop !, the regional branch of the company, the workforce will be reduced by 40 percent, with a little over 1,022 jobs eliminated out of the approximate 2,400 existing positions.

The management at Air France also announced the closure of 12 of the 14 aircrew bases (all except Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle and Lyon) and two maintenance sites in Lille and Morlaix.

France: Air France employees protest as management meets with unions to discuss job cuts02:57
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About one hundred Air France employees protested outside the company's headquarters near Roissy-en-France on Friday, as union representatives met with company management to discuss thousands of job cuts.

"We could work on other strategies, what Air France's management presents to us as unavoidable for the survival of the company, is in fact only an ultra-liberal and capitalist strategy that aims to try to resume dividend sharing among shareholders as soon as possible," denounced Valerie, an Air France employee taking part in the protest.

The plan, announced on Tuesday through the Central Social and Economic Committee (CSEC) would eliminate 7,500 job positions mainly through voluntary departures.

Air France, like many airlines, has been hit hard by the economic crisis linked to the coronavirus, but unions and workers are furious that a recent €7 ($7.87) billion bailout given to the company by the French government did not come with requirements to prevent job losses.

At Air France Hop !, the regional branch of the company, the workforce will be reduced by 40 percent, with a little over 1,022 jobs eliminated out of the approximate 2,400 existing positions.

The management at Air France also announced the closure of 12 of the 14 aircrew bases (all except Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle and Lyon) and two maintenance sites in Lille and Morlaix.

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