After signing an agreement with unions, ground staff will be increased

Illustration of an Air France plane at Roissy airport. - Mario FOURMY / SIPA

Air France has announced the signing of a wage agreement with the unions. In particular, ground staff will benefit from a 1.8% increase in 2019. This agreement comes 10 months after the start of a series of
massive strikes within the company.

The agreement also provides for an "envelope to finance exceptional individual bonuses", as well as "the easy payment of overtime in 2019 and the monetization of the time savings account, within the limit of 35 hours", according to this release. This agreement complements the one signed in October for all categories of Air France personnel, which includes a general increase in retroactive pay of 2% as of January 1, 2018, then another increase of 2% as of January 1, 2019.

Negotiations with pilots still in progress

Quoted in the statement, the boss of the group Air France-KLM, Benjamin Smith, considered that the agreement with the ground staff "constitutes a new stage, with the signature yesterday [jeudi] the agreement with the cabin crew (cabin crew and stewards), in the re-establishment of relations of trust with Air France staff ".

The agreement for ground staff was signed by the representative unions CFDT, CFE-CGC, FO and Unsa air. On Thursday, the management signed an agreement with Air France's PNC unions to integrate the low-cost subsidiary Joon, which will be absorbed by Air France, into the historic company. This agreement also contains provisions on the working conditions of PNCs.

As for the categorical negotiations started in November with the drivers, on their working conditions and their remuneration, they are still ongoing within the group. Last year, the Air France union led a 15-day strike between February and May to obtain a general rise in wages. After months of conflict, an inter-categorical agreement was reached on 19 October under the leadership of Benjamin Smith.