Air France cabin crew threaten strikes over Transform 2015

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Unions representing Air France cabin crew are threatening industrial action over the terms of a new labour agreement.

CGT and Sud Aérie are calling on their members to strike on 27 February and 3 March in response to what they describe as "unprecedented attacks" from the airline's management on its workers.

The new agreements proposed to cabin crew and pilots contain new "productivity gain" measures through which the SkyTeam carrier hopes to boost its productivity by 20%.

Unions rejected a proposal by Air France last year as - unlike its pilot and ground staff agreements, which expired in 2012 - the existing cabin crew deal runs until the end of March 2013. At the time, Air France warned that its subsequent offer might be less generous.

The measures form part of Air France's contribution to Transform 2015, a restructuring programme introduced in 2012 by parent company Air France-KLM. The initiative aims to reduce group net debt by €2 billion ($2.67 billion) over three years.

Air France says it does not foresee any impact to operations if the strikes go ahead, and it expects to fulfil all of its scheduled flights during the strike period.