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France: Flights cancelled as pay strike continues

Air France today said that hundreds of its flights have been cancelled as pilots, cabin crew and ground staff pursued the fifth day of strikes aimed at securing higher pay.

The walkout has affected international and domestic travel, with a quarter of long-haul flights cancelled.

Around a third of medium-haul flights to and from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport have not taken off.

Unions say, workers deserve to benefit from years of belt-tightening that have brought the carrier back to operating profitability, after seeing their wages effectively frozen since 2011.

Today saw the highest cancellation rate since unions called for the day-long work stoppages. Unions are demanding six per cent increase in their pay. Air France management’s offer of one percent raise has been rejected.

Source: AIR