Air France employees shout their anger at the social plan

A hundred employees demonstrate in front of the headquarters of the company, which informed the unions on Wednesday that it intended to cut nearly 7,500 jobs by 2022, or more than 16% of its workforce.

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A hundred employees of Air France and its subcontractors demonstrated on Friday in front of the airline’s head office in Roissy-en-France to denounce the social plan currently presented to employee representatives.

The management of the airline, hard hit by the coronavirus crisis, told unions on Wednesday that it planned to cut nearly 7,500 jobs by 2022, or more than 16% of its workforce.

The details of this plan must be officially presented to employees during the day. Already in the morning, management confirmed that 1,022 positions were going to be eliminated within the regional subsidiary Hop! which has 2,700 employees, according to the CGT.

CGT Air France “very angry”

“We are very angry because we consider that the seven billion which are allocated to the management of Air France must be used to keep jobs. However, this money will be used to lay off employees, ”said Karine Monségu, co-secretary general of the CGT Air France union. The government announced in May that it would release seven billion euros to help the company.

“The CGT is categorically opposed to any job cuts and I would remind you that job cuts at Air France lead to between three and five job cuts at the subcontracting level. So it’s a real cataclysm, ”she added.

In front of the company’s head office, the employees let out their anger, vests on their backs, flags in hand and signs hung on the gates on which one could read: “Social security situation of Uncle Ben, no thanks.”

Just over half of the job cuts could be absorbed by the retirements scheduled for the next three years, according to a discussion paper sent to unions ahead of the meeting, which Reuters was able to consult.