PARIS: The French government on Friday (Jul 3) called on Air France to avoid mandatory layoffs as the airline prepared to announce some 7,500 job cuts to cope with a collapse in travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Managers at the airline, part of Air France-KLM Group, are due to meet labour unions in Paris on Friday to detail the redundancy plans affecting some 15 per cent of all employees, including pilots,stewards and ground staff.
At least half of the cuts will likely entail voluntary departures and retirement plans, sources familiar with the matter said this week, while 1 ,000 jobs are likely to be cut at Air France's "HOP!" airline.
But the prospect of possible compulsory layoffs has raised alarm among workers and the French state,which has granted Air France 7 billion euros .(US$7.87 billion) in aid to help it survive the pandemic.
"A successful labour re-organisation is one where there are no forced departures," junior economy minister Agnes Pannier- Runacher told Sud Radio on Friday.
初级经济部长 Agnes Pannier- Runacher周五对南方广播电台( Sud Radio)表示：“成功的劳工重组是没有强迫离职的。”
Ms Pannier- Runacher said the government's aid package for the airline, which included state-backed loans, was justified as the carrier was "on the edge".
Aircraft maker Airbus' plans to cut some 15,000 jobs across Europe with a third of those in France sparked similar warnings this week, as a wave of restructuring triggered by the virus outbreak begins to hit.
Under CEO Ben Smith, who joined from Air Canada in 2018, Air France KLM has sought to cut costs, improve French labour relations and overcome governance squabbles between France and the Netherlands, each owners of close to 14 per cent of the group.
在2018年从加拿大航空加盟的首席执行官本史密斯( Ben Smith)领导下，法航荷航( KLM)试图削减成本，改善法国劳资关系并克服法国和荷兰之间的治理争端，而法国和荷兰各自拥有集团近14%的股份。