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Air France pilots to strike again

Air France A340
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Air France pilot unions SNPL, SPAF and ALTER announced late on June 17 they would strike again from June 24-27. 

The announcement follows the breakdown of negotiations last night with the three pilots’ unions (SNPL, SPAF and ALTER) claiming that management of the company had not made any meaningful offers during negotiations.

In a statement, the unions said they had put forward new compromise proposals, but the airline refused to make any decisions before the arrival of Air France-KLM’s new chairman and CEO Mr. Jean-Marc Janaillac. However, they added, the company wanted to press ahead with outstanding actions from its Transform 2015 turnaround plan immediately.

Mr. Janaillac is scheduled to take up the new position when existing chairman and CEO Alexandre de Juniac departs for his new role as IATA’s DG and CEO later this summer.

Air France management said it regretted the notice of new strike action. The last four-day round of walkouts, which affected around 20% of Air France’s flights, ended June 14 and the carrier said the disruption cost it more than €40 million.

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