Air France has reached a deal in principle with unions representing its cabin crew over the terms of a new labour agreement.
The offer contains "productivity gain" measures through which the SkyTeam carrier hopes to boost its productivity by 20%. The three cabin crew unions will now consult their membership. Air France expects the new agreement to be drawn up and signed by 15 March and come into effect by 1 April.
Cabin crew unions, whose current agreements run until the end of March, rejected new terms offered last summer. During negotiations last month, two of the unions had called on their members to strike on 27 February and 3 March in response to what they described as "unprecedented attacks" from the airline's management on its workers. These strikes have now been called off.
Air France's cabin crew are the airline's only employees that have not signed revised terms under parent Air France-KLM's restructuring plans dubbed Transform 2015. Air France's ground staff and pilots signed revised terms after their labour deals expired last summer. The new deals contain productivity measures such as rostas allowing longer hours to be worked over fewer days.
Air France chief executive Alexandre de Juniac says that if the new collective labour agreement is accepted, no redundancies will be imposed in 2013.