Air France (AF) pilots have announced plans to strike Sept. 15-22 to protest the airline’s “Transform 2015” program, which includes significant job cuts. Although the extent of employee participation in the strike is currently unclear, the industrial action will likely cause significant flight disruptions and delays if not averted. Union members have threatened to prolong the action indefinitely if their demands are not met. Labor talks with airline representatives are ongoing, and union leaders could still call off the strike if negotiations progress.
Background Leaders of SNPL (Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne) – the union representing the majority of the airline’s pilots – called for its members to strike over claims the airline is looking to promote its low-cost airlines at the expense of its employees. As part of the carrier’s plans to reduce costs, the “Transform 2015” strategy would likely transfer many short- and medium-haul routes to Hop! (A5) and Transavia Airlines (HV).