- Title: Air France employees protest over planned job cuts
- Date: 3rd July 2020
- Summary: ROISSY-EN-FRANCE, FRANCE (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AIR FRANCE EMPLOYEES GATHERED IN FRONT OF AIR FRANCE HEADQUARTERS SIGN FOR AIR FRANCE PEOPLE GATHERED FOR PROTEST AGAINST LAYOFFS YELLOW VEST ON WALL READING (French): "HOP! Lille to the trash" BANNER READING (French) : "Nationalisation is the solution" EMPLOYEES IN FRONT OF HEADQUARTERS (SOUNDBITE) (French) AIR FRANCE EMPLOYEE FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS, VALERIE RAPHEL, SAYING: "Yes, we have a feeling of injustice, we also have a feeling of betrayal and of complicity with the government because the state didn't impose compromises to (Air France CEO) Benjamin Smith in terms of preserving jobs in exchange for the billions of euros that have been loaned to us." VARIOUS OF EMPLOYEES GATHERED AT PROTEST (SOUNDBITE) (French) AIR FRANCE PILOT AND REPRESENTATIVE OF ALTER UNION, GUILLAUME POLLARD, SAYING: "It's an international crisis, it's not just about Air France having issues in its branch. That the state provides Air France with money, Renault and medium-size companies, independent and cultural companies, it's normal, and this is the role of the state. But those aids must not be used to destroy jobs or to dismantle companies. It is not the goal, on the contrary, this money must help us to get through this period" VARIOUS OF EMPLOYEES GATHERED (SOUNDBITE) (French) CGT UNION REPRESENTATIVE, KARINE MONSEGU, SAYING: "Each job lost at Air France leads to three to five jobs lost for subcontracting companies or partners. So it's a real scandal and a real cataclysm." VARIOUS OF EMPLOYEES GATHERED
- Embargoed: 17th July 2020 12:31
- Keywords: Air France-KLM Ben Smith COVID-19 French government Hop! aid package coronavirus crisis job cuts layoffs
- Location: ROISSY-EN-FRANCE, FRANCE
- City: ROISSY-EN-FRANCE, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA001CL9AYX3
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- Story Text: Air France executives met labor representatives on Friday (July 3) as union members and staff protested over the airline's plans for around 7,500 job cuts to cope with a collapse in travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A small group of 100 union members and employees, from cleaning staff to check-in assistants, demonstrated outside the airline's base at Paris' Roissy airport, criticizing its plans to cut staff after receiving state aid to help the company to ride out the pandemic fallout.
At least half of the cuts are likely to entail voluntary departures and retirement plans, sources familiar with the matter said this week. The bulk of layoffs will fall at Air France, but unions said just over 1,000 will hit its sister airline "HOP!," based in the eastern city of Nantes, where employees also erected banners in protest on Friday.
The French government - which granted Air France 7 billion euros ($7.87 billion) in aid, including state-backed loans, to help it to survive - has urged the airline to avoid compulsory layoffs, though it has conceded Air France was "on the edge."
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