Air France plans to cut jobs

Air France announces significant job cuts under new plan which convinces pilots to work longer hours for same pay

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Air France employees shout slogans during a demonstration

Updated Oct 20, 2015

Air France plans on cutting a third of the 2,900 jobs it had initially proposed for the 2016/2017 job cut plan, which caused angered employees to erupt in clashes and demonstrations.

The airline stated that as of now, less than 1,000 jobs will be cut, compared with the proposed 2,900.

Alexandre de Juniac, chief executive of Air France-KLM, said that the job cuts for 2016 would be voluntary and depending on measures taken by unions to agree on alternative saving measures could prevent job cuts for the 2017 year.  

Earlier this month, the airline announced ‘'Plan B'' which includes job cuts and removing some routes. The plan also involves persuading pilots to extend working hours for the same salary.

However, the plan caused confrontations with senior managers, who had their clothes ripped in violent protests by French employees, an embarrassing scenes for the French government as they attempt to drop unemployment and boost investment.

"The 'Plan B' takes place over two years, 2016 and 2017. For 2016 it is under way," Juniac said in an interview with RTL radio and the LCI news channel.

"If negotiations are successful by the start of 2016, we can avoid implementing Plan B for 2017, which means reverting to the 'Plan A', the 'Perform' plan," he added.

Last Monday five Air France employees were detained due to scuffles and seven people were injured, including a security guard. The detained employees have a court date set for December 2.

Juniac said that "it's unimaginable that the whole world now assimilates Air France with these images."

Although the latest incident haven't brought down the costs of flights, they are under pressure with the low-cost operators in Europe and Gulf carriers such as Emirates on long-haul routes.

TRTWorld and agencies