Jun 23, 2016

    Air France pilots call off strike after CEO freezes new pay rules


    AIR France pilots on Tuesday called off a strike planned for the weekend, averting what would have been the second such stoppage during the Euro football tournament, union officials said.

    The development came after the incoming CEO of Air France-KLM, Jean Marc Janaillac, proposed freezing new pay rules opposed by the pilots in exchange for a four-month truce.

    In return, the three unions - SNPL, Spaf and Alter - dropped their strike call.

    "There will be no strike this weekend," said Veronique Damon, head of SNPL Air France which represents 65 per cent of the pilots.

    The president of the Spaf union also confirmed the decision.

    Mr Janaillac had met earlier on Tuesday with the unions to try to resolve a dispute that caused some pilots to walk off the job on June 11, a day after the start of the Euro in France.

    The unions issued a statement saying they would "accept his extended hand" to them, for now.

    The pilots are opposed to new pay rules which they say would knock 5 per cent off their salaries.

    The pilots' last strike, which grounded around 20 per cent of flights on June 11-14, hit France as it was gripped by social unrest over a series of disputed labour reforms the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande is trying to force through.

    However, despite strikes by pilots and railway workers, there has been relatively little disruption for fans travelling around France for Europe's football showcase.