No respite in Air France strike

first_imgSource = ETB News: Megan Tran There seems to be no progress made after Air France pilots rejected the airlines offer to resolve the industrial dispute.Air France pilots have been striking for nearly 10 days.As reported in ETB News last week, the strike was in response to the airline’s plan to establish Transavia France- its low cost subsidiary, employing cheaper pilots.The pilot’s movement was described by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, as “incomprehensible”.As previously reported on ETB News, an Air France pilot’s salary is around 75,000 euro per annum, while a captain of long-haul flights earns up to 250,000 euro. According to an airline source, the hourly rate of a Transavia France pilot was about 40% less than a pilot at the senior group.The French carrier operated four of its 10 flights on Wednesday 18 September.“It is regrettable that a single category of employee, in this case pilots, can bring air transport in the country to a standstill,” Mr Valls said.Reuters has reported that management has vowed to push ahead with its low-cost carrier ambitions, while pilots promised to strike indefinitely.last_img

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