It seems that an agreement has failed. Air France workers’ unions did not find a common solution with the airline’s management. The dispute between airline management and Air France staff triggered a number of strikes that occurred on the 23rd and 30th of March. As a result of unresolved negotiations, further strikes are expected on the 3rd, 7th, 10th and 11th of April.
Disagreements between the airline’s management and the professional union representing Air France staff started when salary increases for workers were proposed. A 6 percent increase was sought out to cover the losses related to the inflation rate.
The airlines’ management is trying to find a compromise by offering a basic increase of 1 percent, but the union’s representatives have called this change insignificant and refused the deal.
According to the unions’ press release, the management’s lack of clarity for their worker’s compensation will result in stronger actions. Four more strikes are scheduled for the 3rd, 7th, 10th and 11th of April which will cause inconveniences for the passengers. Due to this reason flight delays and cancellations are expected.
After the last strike on the 11th of April, this will amount for a total of 7 strikes since the beginning of March. All of these disputes are causing disruptions to travelers and their commute plans. According to regulation EC 261/2004 passengers, who are impacted by delayed or cancelled flights due to workers strikes are not eligible for compensation.
“To hold a strike, unions must give an early warning to the carriers. Having time to negotiate the situation with their staff, airlines should be able to put plans in place to prevent any harm to their customers. EC 261/2004 explains extraordinary circumstances as flight disruptions that were unavoidable, even if all financial and operational measures would have been taken, but strikes don’t seem to fit in this category, because if airlines went the extra mile, it would not be happening,” explains Marius Stonkus, the CEO of Skycop.