Pilot's Union Threatens More 'Strike Action' from Air France Pilots

Air France Pilots

Air France has been warned by the president of its own pilot's union that if the airline's new chief executive officer does not continue discussions pertaining to the pay of pilots then a new round of strikes would take place for 15 days.

The next CEO for Air France has not yet been identified but this is apparently of no consequence to SNLP, the union that represents the largest number of Air France pilots.

Philipe Evain, the union's president, said while being interviewed by Le Parisien last Sunday, that if the appointed CEO fails to begin a fresh round of negotiations with the union then employees will resume "strike actions" for 15 additional days.

The last CEO of Air France was Jean-Marc Janaillac who stepped down from the position in May. Many close to the negotiations feel that Air France has exacerbated the problem by committing to tripling the salary for the next CEO to attract high-quality candidates.

A month ago, a number of smaller unions that represent the interests of some Air France pilots threatened to follow the SNLP lead and cause more of the airline's flights to be grounded as the pay dispute caused increased animosity from both sides of the table.

A statement that came from a joint union group representing the airline's pilots, ground crews, and cabin staff explained that the active dispute over pilot salaries will resume in September whether or not Air France has identified its next CEO.

There is quite a bit of motivation for the airline to eliminate the potential for a renewal of the dispute as estimates suggest that the last 15 day round of strikes cost Air France more than 300 million Euros in profits. The impact of the strike also prompted the Minister of Economy for the country of France to issue a statement warning of the damage that was being done to the future of the airline industry in the country.

A general wage increase of seven percent has been offered by Air France for all staff to take place over a four-year period that begins in 2018 and ends in 2021. The airline also pledged a one percent increase in pay for individual workers to be given in the current year.

However, this is a far cry from the five percent increase that the union wants to become immediately effective. This is down from the six percent wage increase that was immediately demanded by the union.

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