Air France under threat of stewardesses and stewardesses strike

The tone is growing between the company management and the unions that represent the cabin crew (PNC). The renegotiation of the collective agreement for hostesses and hostesses, which expires on October 31, has set fire to gunpowder. For more than a year, Air France has been pushing for a new crew composition and to reduce the number of stewardesses and stewardesses on long-haul flights.

In practice, the company wants a cabin crew for 51 passengers (compared to the current 48). Employees protest against this project. With 72%, they have already rejected, during a vote organized in mid-November 2021 by the unions, the idea of ​​a reduction in the number of hostesses and stewardesses on Air France long-haul flights.

For Sébastien Portal, secretary general of the Air France Group Flight Crew Union (SNGAF), the first cabin crew organization, he will weigh the new composition of crews desired by the management. “on flight safety and employment”.

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The union took out its calculator. According to him, with such a composition of the crew, from 800 to 1200 stewardesses and stewardesses will be overstaffed by 1Ahem november. And whose positions are therefore threatened, warns Mr Portal, while stressing that this would risk weighing on the ” pension fund “, which is funded solely by contributions from Air France cabin crew and pilots.

12,600 hostesses and hostesses

During the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, 1,400 PNC positions have already been eliminated during a collective contractual recess. Air France now has 12,600 stewardesses and stewardesses.

For the SNGAF, the management would be ready to enter into force. In an email sent to cabin crew on November 7, 2021, which we were able to consult, Anne Rigail, general manager of the company, was threatening.

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She warned that “The management will be able, in October 2022, to take unilateral measures to replace the agreement that will expire”. According to Mr. Portal, “The management would consider the new composition of the crews essential to guarantee the sustainability of the company, in particular to fillr the lack of competitiveness against Lufthansa and British Airways”. The objective of Ben Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, being to restore the operating margin of the group.

“Committed to social dialogue, the company wishes to reach a balanced agreement, in the interest of cabin crew and the company, whose financial situation remains fragile after two years of an unprecedented crisis”, says Air France.

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