The pilots’ union at the French branch of Air France-KLM has called for a one-day strike next week in another sign of labor unrest in the European airline industry.
The Alter Group is set to walk out on June 25 in protest at what it describes as increasing safety risks related to the carrier’s ramping up of capacity during the busy season, its chief, Alexandre Rio, said by phone. About 10% of the airline’s pilots are represented by the union, and no impact is expected from the strike, according to an Air France spokesman. The much larger SNPL organization is not calling for strikes, said a representative of the union.
“We are working with all the pilot unions,” Air France CEO Anne Rigail said Thursday. “I think our pilots have a good understanding of the strategy to make this summer a success, so we don’t foresee any problem.” The potential disruption at Air France comes as European carriers struggle to maintain services while airports such as Amsterdam’s Schiphol and hubs in the UK. to combat labor shortages. Paris airport unions have also called for a second day of strike action on July 2 to demand higher wages, following the week’s protests.