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.