Air France to Make Some Job Cuts in 2016, Rest Negotiable

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Air France will cut less than a third of the 2,900 job cuts it proposed in a 2016/2017 plan that triggered clashes with some staff, the chief executive of parent company Air France-KLM said on Sunday.

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The job cuts in 2016 would be voluntary and heavier job losses in 2017 could be avoided if talks with unions led to an agreement on alternative savings measures by the beginning of next year, Alexandre de Juniac said.

"The 'Plan B' takes place over two years, 2016 and 2017. For 2016 it is under way," he said in an interview on RTL radio and the LCI news channel, Reuters reported.

"If negotiations are successful by the start of 2016, we can avoid implementing Plan B for 2017, which means reverting to the 'Plan A', the 'Perform' plan," he said, reiterating the position expressed by his board on Thursday.

The airline earlier this month presented a 'Plan B' of job losses and flight cutbacks after failing to get pilots to sign up to productivity measures that would have involved working more hours for the same pay.

The announcement of the cuts package led to scuffles during which senior managers had their clothes ripped, in scenes that could potentially hurt French government efforts to boost investment to bring down unemployment.

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