Keyword: Air France
Reports claim French airline has suffered a string of worrying attempts to sabotage its planes, apparently by radicalised ground staff.
French premier calls for stiff sentences for ‘rogues’ who confronted airline managers during meeting about planned job cuts.
Within a few weeks of taking over as the the new chief executive of Air France-KLM, Jean-Marc Janaillac found himself confronted with a strike by the airline's French cabin crew. They are angry that their current work contract guaranteeing conditions and pay has only been extended for 17 months. Dan Israel examines the wider prospects for industrial harmony at France's troubled flagship carrier.
The strike, which centres on a dispute over pay and promotion and which began last Wednesday, may cause other, last-minute cancellations, warned airline.
The airline said 37% of cabin staff were expected to join the strike beginning July 27th, but it expects about 90% of long-haul and domestic flights to operate.
The three pilots' unions have called a fresh stoppage from June 24th to June 27th as negotiations with airline management break down.
Unions claim 70% of pilots are involved in the four-day pilots' strike, to end Tuesday, but airline says 85% of long-haul and domestic flights will operate Monday.
The strike, in protest against proposed wage cuts and working hours, which will last until Tuesday, joins separate protest strikes by rail and waste collection workers.
Two unions, together representing about 75% of pilots, have called a strike June 11th-14th over pay and which they say could be extended.
The company's largest pilots' union said no date had yet been decided for the strike, which was decided 'in principle' over pay demands.
Judge puts back trial of workers accused of tearing executives' shirts amid fears it could have enflamed tensions as labour law protests continue.
Sixteen men go on trial in France for alleged role in chaotic scenes last year when airline bosses had shirts torn off while fleeing angry staff.
Jean-Marc Janaillac, head of French bus and train operator Transdev, will replace the airline's CEO and chairman Alexandre de Juniac in August.
French transport minister was among the passengers on the Paris-Tehran Air France flight, a route suspended in 2008 amid economic sanctions against Iran.
Gay cabin crew staff demand the right to refuse to fly to Iran where they could be 'killed for who they are', ahead of a resumption of the route next week.