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French PM Warns There Will Be Turbulence If Workers Reject Pay Offer

French PM Warns There Will Be Turbulence If Workers Reject Pay Offer
  • PublishedApril 26, 2018

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has warned that there would be “turbulence” if Air France (AIRF.PA) staff unions who are striking reject pay offer.

The Air France is balloting staff over offer of a seven per cent pay rise over four years, an offer unions have rejected calling it too modest.

Chief Executive Jean-Marc Janaillac has said it would be hard for him to stay if staff vote against the offer.

Philippe said Janaillac had shown “courage” by putting his job on the line and warned that a negative vote could further harm the company.

“If the consultation did not produce the results he hoped for and he took the consequences, everyone should fasten their seat belts because the turbulence will not be minor,” he told Europe 1 radio.

“A company that loses its boss in these conditions is not well placed to face the future.”

The industrial action, affecting about 30 percent of Air France flights, has coincided with French railway strikes over the last month, resulting in widespread travel disruption.

SNCF workers have launched a series of protests against reform plans by President Emmanuel Macron’s government, designed to stem the state-owned railway’s losses and cut debt.

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