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22 OCTOBER 2012

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Article from BTNews 22 OCTOBER 2012

Air France strike

France's second largest trade union, the CGT, has called on Air France's ground staff to strike from 26 October.  CGT represents the majority of Air France's 32,000 ground staff and as such, the strike is expected to cause disruptions to flights departing and arriving in France.  The airline says that passengers should advise the airline of their phone number, email and text address in order to communicate quickly if needs be.  In a bold statement it says that it will carry all clients to their final destination.

The strike actions are being held to protest a restructuring plan; Air France aims to save €2bn over the next three years and increase overall productivity.  CGT claims the programme will result in excessive job losses and intends to renegotiate the employment component of the cost-saving plan.  Union leaders stated that the strike will extend beyond 26 October until talks resume.  Readers intending to use Air France services from 26 October onwards are advised to contact the airline or their travel provider prior to departure to confirm the status of their flight. www.airfrance.com

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