Air France Union Negotiations

Air France could be in a ground holding pattern for some time

Roissy, 16 April 2018

Air France Union Negotiations

On 10th April 2018, Air France management offered representative unions the launch of multi-year pay negotiations (2019-2021) in order to find a solution to the continuing conflict.

The negotiations for a multi-year pay agreement for 2019-2021, launched on Thursday, resumed this morning at 10am. The meeting had been suspended yesterday at 8pm at the request of the inter-union association (1), after the management gave the participants an initial agreement proposal to discuss.

This project proposes general salary increases for 2018 (an additional measure), 2019, 2020 and 2021 within the framework of a “growth pact” for the future.

This initial proposal, which is not definitive, includes:

– For 2018: an additional increase of 1%, bringing the overall increase to 2%

– For 2019, 2020 and 2021: a general wage increase of 3.6% over the period, guaranteed under

the growth pact.

Salaries would therefore be increased on average over the period, from 11% to 12% (including a general increase of 5.6% for all categories of staff as well as individual increases and the sliding seniority and skills pay scale).

This proposal would provide a response to wage demands whilst preserving the company’s growth trajectory, which has been made possible by the efforts of Air France staff in recent years.

Management regrets that the negotiations could not advance, due to members of the inter-union association refusing to enter into talks on multi-year revaluations and still demanding a 6% pay increase for all staff in 2018 (offering to spread the payment between April and October 2018).

Negotiating towards a compromise is the only way out of this conflict. The refusal to compromise and the continued loss-making strike action represents a grave responsibility towards all employees of the company and its customers, without whom Air France would not exist.

Updates on future negotiation meetings will be released in due course.


  1. The negotiations are taking place, in accordance with the Law, with the representative unions. However, the SNPL, SPAF and CGT have welcomed into their delegation, as the law allows, employees who are members of the non-representative unions SUD, ALTER, SNGAF and CFTC


About Air France in the UK & Ireland:

Air France is the national airline of France and is a subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group. The airline merged with Dutch flag carrier KLM in 2004, forming one of the world’s largest airline groups. Air France is based at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, where it offers an extensive network of over 180 destinations across North America, South America, Asia and Africa.

Air France currently services 11 UK and Irish airports. In the UK and Ireland Air France currently flies to Paris Charles de Gaulle from: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle, and Southampton.

Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is one of the leaders in Europe with over 27 million members.

Air France-KLM and its partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia operate the biggest trans-Atlantic joint-venture with over 270 daily flights.

Air France-KLM is also a member of the SkyTeam alliance which has 20 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of over 17,000 daily flights to more than 1,060 destinations in 177 countries.