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Air France "Redundancies"

#1 Post by 7ECA » Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:51 pm

Seems the parent company Air France-KLM have decided to cut costs at Air France, which will make 2900 employees "redundant".

Clearly this has not sat well with employees, who decided to try and take matters into their own hands.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34445379

Might be interesting to see how this plays out in the long run - then again the company always wins and the employees get fawked in the end...
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Re: Air France "Redundancies"

#2 Post by Oxi » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:23 pm

Air France workers tear shirts off 2 managers in violent protest
Union activists protesting nearly 3,000 proposed layoffs at Air France stormed the headquarters during a meeting Monday, zeroing in on two managers who had their shirts torn from their bodies, scaled a fence and fled under police protection.

An Associated Press photographer saw about a hundred activists rush the building after breaking through a gate. Shortly afterward two high-level managers fled, one bare-chested and the other with his shirt and suit jacket shredded.

Road access to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was briefly disrupted, and some flights suffered delays.

Although Monday's scuffle was unusually violent, labor relations in France are commonly testy, with unions sometimes even resorting to holding managers hostage — or "boss-napping" — to make a point.

Air France denounced the violence and said it will push ahead anyway with its restructuring plans, after failing to reach an agreement with pilots.

Alexandre de Juniac, the CEO of Air France-KLM, said the company is being squeezed by low-cost airlines in Europe and Gulf carriers for long-haul flights. Monday's meeting was intended to detail the cuts.

Airline executives told reporters Monday the plan involves laying off 2,900 staff, abolishing five routes and 35 weekly long-haul flights, primarily in Asia and the Middle East.

Among those at Monday's protest was Yves Porte, an activist who represents cargo workers.

To file complaint

"The Gulf companies, who have low fuel prices and who receive government subsidies, compete with us. It's impossible, we are not on a level playing field," he said.

Air France said it would file a complaint for aggravated assault.

France's transport secretary, Alain Vidalies, condemned the violence, saying in a tweet it was "unacceptable and must be punished."

Deputy human resources director Xavier Broseta, one of the executives disrobed by protesters, told reporters later that he had received messages of sympathy from colleagues throughout the day, including from union leaders.

"We are fighting every day for an Air France that will have lasting growth," he said later, after donning a new jacket and tie. "Violence and intimidation will have no part of that."
The Associated Press Posted: Oct 05, 2015 2:00 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 05, 2015 2:00 PM ET


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Re: Air France "Redundancies"

#3 Post by AirMail » Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:06 pm

And the pilots are to blame :roll:
Broseta and Air France Chief Executive Frederic Gagey had been outlining a drastic cost cutting plan, described by the company as "Plan B" after it failed to persuade its pilots to accept a less radical one earlier this year.

Violent protests like Monday's are not unusual in France, where the population has a long tradition of taking the law into its own hands.

This year, as the country struggles to come out of an economic downturn, has seen several, with traffic disruption, damage to public property and injuries to police officers features of a spate of demonstrations by farmers, taxi drivers, ferry workers and even tobacconists.

However, unlike the headline makers in some other disputes, pilots lack sympathy among the general public and the Socialist government.

Ministers have queued up in recent days to put pressure on pilots to strike a deal, and a Sept. 26 opinion poll for Le Parisien newspaper found 71 percent of people see them as a privileged group, with 64 percent believing they complain too much.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/ ... 1C20151005

64% believing pilots complain too much seems a bit low though
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Re: Air France "Redundancies"

#4 Post by Strobes » Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:03 pm

When a union refuses to budge, it's a lot more than 2900 employees that are about to lose their jobs.

People! Remember that it is sometimes infinitely easier to lay off everyone and start up again under another brand than deal with unions that will take a foot but not budge an inch.
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Re: Air France "Redundancies"

#5 Post by HiLo » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:33 pm

I just wonder how far some of these EU airlines are going to push the whole redundancy thing. I know that it's a euphemism here for layoffs but I keep hearing about proposals and regulatory exemptions and stuff that pushes my "WTF button."

How far will they push it? Is having fuel in the tanks for the approach going to become "redundant" or will approaches be done by gliding? Where does this bs stop?

Aviation is no place for efficiency. At least not where we compromise on safety.
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Re: Air France "Redundancies"

#6 Post by leftoftrack » Wed Oct 07, 2015 11:00 am

Strobes wrote:When a union refuses to budge, it's a lot more than 2900 employees that are about to lose their jobs.

People! Remember that it is sometimes infinitely easier to lay off everyone and start up again under another brand than deal with unions that will take a foot but not budge an inch.
not in europe
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