Air France agrees a 2% wage increase this year and another 2% in 2019 with the majority of unions

The majority of pilots has not yet joined the pact, below the claim of 5.1% of unions

Air France and the majority of cabin crew and ground crew unions, except for the majority of pilots, have signed a salary agreement for a 2% increase in 2018 and 2% in 2019, after approving by majority the last proposal presented by the airline in the dispute for wages with its workers.

In particular, the agreement has been endorsed by the French Confederation of Workers (CFDT), the General Confederation of Managers (CFE-CGC / UNAC), Fuerza Obrera (FO / SNPNC), the Union of Pilots of Air France (SPAF) and the National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (UNSA), which together account for 76.4% of the votes in the last union elections, reported the Franco-Dutch group.

The majority union among the pilots, the SNPL, has not yet signed it, pending that its members vote in assembly. The SNPL came to claim salary increase of 6%, sees the proposal well on track but considers necessary an increase of over 2% from next year, for the recovery of the purchasing power of the workforce due to inflation between 2012 and 2017.

The CEO of Air France-KLM, Benjamin Smith, thanked the trade union organizations and the management of Air France for “the quality of the discussions” in the last few weeks in the framework of the negotiations and the fact that the trust among the parts have prevailed.

“This way of working should allow us to give Air France and the Air France-KLM group the perspective for the coming years and thus build the future of our companies,” said the Canadian, who arrived at the post just two months ago in which It seems to be his first achievement at the head of the company, after personally engaging in the negotiation meeting with the main unions after reaching the group.

THE AGREEMENT CAN ALREADY BE IMPLEMENTED

The agreement, which “is already valid and can be implemented,” says the group, has been retroactive since January of this year, with a wage increase of 2%, and another increase of 2% from January 2019 puts an end to the dispute that triggered the February and May strikes.

Air France had given until this Friday the union representatives to respond to their latest proposal on salary that includes a new salary revision from October 2019.

The inter-union of Air France, which includes a dozen unions with representation in the French airline, claimed a wage increase of 51% to offset inflation between 2012 and 2017 and end the wage freeze of the workforce since 2011, inflation estimated for 2018.

The latest proposal from Air France, which was rejected in an online consultation by the majority of the workforce and caused the departure of Jean-Marc Janaillac in May, raised a salary increase of 2% for 2018, as well as a 1, 65% for the 2019-2021 triennium (an accumulated 5%) subordinated to a growth pact.