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After a relatively smooth launch, the sweeping restructuring programme announced earlier this year by debt-ridden carrier Air France appeared headed for turbulence this autumn amid a deadlock in negotiations with two flight attendants’ unions which have voted to reject the plans. The company wants to reduce its workforce by 10% and increase productivity by 20%, including an increase in working hours and a freeze on salaries. After reaching agreement with pilots and ground staff, it has now refused any further negotiation with the flight attendants, who it has threatened with “unilateral measures” to see the redundancies through. Simon Castel reports.
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