PARIS, October 12. /Corr. Mikhail Timofeev/. Four employees of the main French carrier Air France arrested for assaulting representatives of the management of the airline. This was reported by the Prosecutor’s office.
Last week, on 5 October, the management of Air France, without reaching agreement with the representatives of trade unions and the labour collective on questions of cost savings, announced the plan for the reduction of 2.9 million jobs. This caused resentment of the group of trade unionists, representatives of ground and flight personnel. They broke into the building of the headquarters of the company, insulted the officers.
They then attacked two members of the Department of personnel carrier that tried to declare them about the decision to cut jobs. The security and the police with great difficulty managed to beat the crowd and the two victims.
The incident was condemned by French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who demanded the investigation to be conducted quickly and thoroughly.
According to radio station “Europe-1” detained on Monday, persons are employees of service of freight transportation by Air France.
The situation with Air France
In the summer of this year the Directorate Air France suffered their first debacle after the trade unions had sought cancellation of the project create a budget airline on the basis of the company. The pilots then believed that the creation of an internal competitor will lead to a General reduction of wages and deterioration of working conditions in the enterprise. After a major strike and the intervention of the French government the management was forced to freeze the project.
Now the company announced the reduction of several thousand jobs and cancel about 10% of flights operated by the airline. It is worth Recalling that over the past three years the company had parted with 5.5 thousand employees. But the first cost cutting plan significant progress has not resulted. Air France can not compete with smaller, but more budget airlines, and in 2015, as in 2014, the company practically does not generate revenue.
As noted by the local observers, the incident with the beating of representatives of one of the leading companies in France listed on the Paris Bourse was among the blue-chip index CAC-40, were taken very seriously by authorities. Despite annual promises of President Hollande, the growth of unemployment, which has long exceeded the psychological mark of 10% and not slowed down. In the conditions, in fact, already launched in France the election campaign, the protests of the trade unions run the risk of negatively affect the image of the ruling socialist party.