Air France warns of strike disruption

24th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 October 2007, ROISSY AIRPORT (AFP) - Air France warned Tuesday of "disruptions" to its flights in France and Europe later this week after pay negotiations with air cabin staff broke down.

24 October 2007

ROISSY AIRPORT (AFP) - Air France warned Tuesday of "disruptions" to its flights in France and Europe later this week after pay negotiations with air cabin staff broke down.

Trade unions had called for a strike from Thursday morning to Monday night and because "the talks have not yet reached a deal, we are obliged to issue a warning about disruptions in our operations," the airline said in a statement.

Air France said domestic and European flights would be worst hit but guaranteed that "about 90 percent" of them and 100 percent of long-haul flights would go ahead as planned.

Unions have been in talks with management since June about the working conditions of some 15,000 air hostesses and stewards for the coming three years and have complained about the lack of a guarantee that salaries will rise.

France's rail system has been disrupted since Thursday due to a strike by train drivers to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to reform their special pensions system, and civil servants and teachers are also threatening action.

AFP

Subject: French news

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