Air France backs down on savage job cuts – for now

French carrier to go ahead with voluntary job cuts in 2016
Perhaps ripping the suits and shirts off your superiors’ backs is an effective form of protest? Two weeks ago, such scenes outside Air France’s offices shocked France. Now the airline says it will cut less than a third of the 2,900 jobs it proposed in a plan.
The job cuts in 2016 will be voluntary, fewer than 1,000 in total, while heavier cuts are possible for 2017, chief executive Alexandre de Juniac said at the weekend. And the 2017 cuts can be avoided if talks with unions are fruitful, he added.
“’Plan B’ takes place over two years, 2016 and 2017. For 2016, it is underway,” he said in a radio interview. “If negotiations are successful by the start of 2016, we can avoid implementing Plan B for 2017, which means reverting to the ‘Plan A’, the ‘Perform’ plan.”
Air France will meet union officials on October 22 to discuss the measures.


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