Feb 28 2012
An agreement, signed last week between management and the Air France pilots' union (SNPL), reduces the scope of guaranteed service in the air, reveals Liberation. Transposition of the 2008 Act applicable to the SNCF, the text of UMP Eric Diard plans to compel the workers of the company to declare 48 hours in advance. The aim is both to predict future perturbations and thus inform passengers, and to minimize its effects through the reallocation of non-striking staff.
This second objective is compromised in part the agreement signed last week with the drivers. It provides that "the planning of the flight crew is stable [...] in all circumstances and at all times, without exception." Clearly, Air France can not as she wishes to reallocate its staff not on strike or on holiday to improve traffic. The reallocation of staff are still possible, but each driver will have to agree "on a case by case."
"Defusing a dispute with the pilots'
"This means that in case of strike, there will be fewer pilots recalled and more canceled flights. It is surprising that Air France has agreed, "says a government source in Liberation. This is particularly surprising that the strike sector personnel, which began in early February against it, had ended in failure, no recoil on the guaranteed service that has been obtained.
The management of Air France, meanwhile, denies having given wrongly. "This new agreement ratifies simply clarification of an agreement dating from 2006. It is unrelated to the upcoming vote in the guaranteed service, "justified a spokesman. The management also stresses that the redeployment of staff have always done on a voluntary basis. "It does not require a pilot to fly against his will, it would create a security risk," said a spokesman for Libération. Referring to an agreement "win-win", he concedes that it is also to "defuse a dispute with pilot population."
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