all of The pilots of Air France commented on the agreement negotiated with the management on wages and working conditions: 85,42% were validated. The mobilization was strong, with 70% of participation. On 23 January, the council of the SNPL, the largest trade union of pilots of the company, had approved the draft agreement. But he had to wait for the outcome of the consultation of all of the pilots of the company to endorse it.
the new president of The SNPL Air France, Guillaume Gavin, said in a press release: "this major deal has been the subject of intense negotiations since the month of December. After months of conflict, it was time to enter into a new era of social dialogue. The approval of the text by our colleagues assured us this idea, and confirms the desire of everyone to move forward to offer new perspectives to the company and the group. The confidence expressed by the drivers to the new management of Air France, will not be a blank cheque. The SNPL Air France will pay particular attention to the strict observance of the guarantees of the agreement he was about to sign."Increase of the remuneration of drivers
Received at the end of January to the national Assembly, Ben Smith, the new ceo of Air France-KLM group, who had temporarily taken command of Air France, prior to the arrival of Anne Rigail, was optimistic. "The work we have done over the past few weeks with the drivers will, I hope, to a positive vote, he explained. And if this vote is positive, the next few weeks we will get the results after a referendum of the drivers."
The agreement includes measures that will result in an increase of the remuneration of the pilots, but also concessions on their part to improve the productivity of the company tricolor.
This "deal" with the pilots was a prerequisite to be able to build a growth strategy. All the leaders of airlines, know very well that it is impossible to direct it "against" its drivers. The agreement brings peace to the strained relations with the management of Air France.
The new tomb, to peak on the eve of the annual results of the group. Even if they reflect more the effects of the strategy implemented by the team of Jean-Marc Janaillac, Ben Smith had arrived in mid-September. The agreement drivers is in any case a victory symbolic of the new director-general, immersed in a psychodrama with KLM.
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