One of France’s largest labour unions, the CGT, has called on the government to start "supporting the country’s aviation sector", following the flag carrier's 18 September disclosure of a further 2,800 job cuts to be made as part of its Transform 2015 turnaround programme.
CGT, which has the largest membership of any union within Air France, criticises the airline for subcontracting work that previously went to employees, but adds that the government has for several years been unsupportive.
Air France's ground staff, around a quarter of whom are represented by the CGT, will bear the brunt of departures, all of which the carrier says will be voluntary. In total, 1,826 ground staff will be required to leave: 282 from cargo, 582 from the airline’s Paris Charles de Gaulle hub, 128 from Paris-Orly, 591 from other French airports, 145 from administrative activities and 98 from other activities.
Some 350 pilots have been identified as surplus to requirements, as well as 700 cabin crew. Measures for handling their departures will be disclosed at a later date, says Air France.
However, the SkyTeam carrier says its aircraft maintenance and IT divisions and certain cross-functional activities are excluded from the voluntary-departures plan.
Air France also says measures are being negotiated with its social partners, including the CGT. It has set a year-end deadline for completion of talks so that the new measures can be implemented from the start of 2014.