French pilot union threatens four-week strike

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Pilot union SNPL France ALPA has called for a national strike to run for four weeks from 3 May.

The union – which has members at some 25 airlines, including Air France – is making a range of demands of the French government, among them repeal of the so-called Diard law. That controversial piece of legislation was drawn up with a stated aim of balancing the right to strike with "maintaining internal order public".

Additionally, SNPL France ALPA is seeking negotiations on adoption of a national collective agreement for pilots.

The union which is also demanding that pilots be given increased access to restricted areas at airports to ease identity checks and reduce queues for disembarking passengers, and that more staff be assigned to "inspection and filtering".

Completing the union's list of demands are calls for "reduction of burdens specifically on French air transport" and "better control" of traffic rights granted to non-European companies.

"It is clear that in none of these cases has there been significant progress," says the union. "Accordingly, the SNPL France ALPA calls on all pilots to strike from 3 to 30 May 2014."