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Air France promises that all flights will run tomorrow despite strike

The strike notice is for December 22 until January 2 - schedules for other days will only be known 24 hours in advance. There are also calls for a strike at French Bee airline

Air France has said that all flights will be running tomorrow despite a cabin crew strike Pic: Joe Ravi / Shutterstock

Air France has said that the entirety of its flight schedule will run as planned tomorrow (December 22) despite it being the first day of a Christmas cabin crew strike. 

The forecast for the following days will be published 24 hours in advance.

The strike has been called by the Unac and SNGAF unions, which issued a notice for December 22 until January 2, in protest over the fact that their collective employee agreement on working conditions, pay and progression, which expired in October, was extended by a note from the company management. 

“The bosses can modify this note unilaterally from one day to the next, which could mean changes to our working hours or our pay, without consulting us,” Unac’s Anne Vildy said. 

The airline has promised that it will not change anything until negotiations on a new agreement have come to an end, which will happen in March 2023 at the latest.

It has also presented unions with a court ruling stating that such a note cannot be changed. “In reality, the company has issued a note from the management lasting for an indefinite period, which gives us no protection,” Sébastien Portal of SNGAF argued.

SNGAF and Unac are calling for a “temporary contractual solution to replace the collective agreement” while negotiations continue.

Cabin crew from low-cost airline French Bee, which flies to destinations in the US, the Caribbean and in French overseas territories, have also been called to strike on December 22-25. 

The SNPNC and CGT unions are protesting against “various malfunctions” in their working conditions as well as their current pay.

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