KLM chief: ‘Air France strikes are disastrous for the combine’

Air France.com via Wikimedia Commons
Air France.com via Wikimedia Commons

The impact of the ongoing strikes at Air France is ‘disastrous’ for the AF-KLM combine, KLM president Pieter Elbers said in a letter to KLM staff, the Telegraaf reported on Wednesday.

The 11th strike in a few weeks was staged at Air France on Tuesday. The strikes are over pay and have cost Air France nearly €300m so far.

Elbers said the Air France strikes were bad for KLM’s finances and reputation as well as for the cohesiveness of Air France-KLM pact which, he said, is the true strength of the combine.

Air France CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac is organising a vote among AF workers to determine whether there is enough support for the company’s wage proposal. The French aviation unions are campaigning for a ‘no’ vote.

Last Friday, Janaillac said he personally would bear the consequences of the vote if it went against him.

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