Air France: the leader of the pilots union SNPL discouraged
Victory of the conciliatory line to the agreements with the company
The leader of the largest French pilots union (SNPL, Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne) Philippe Evain was discouraged yesterday during the assembly of members, reaching 41st out of the 48 Air France pilots elected to represent SNPL. This was the hope of the CEO Benjamin Smith, who after signing the agreements with almost all the trade unions, had hoped for the removal of Evain and the change of the leadership of the union that managed to "paralyze" the carrier with a series of strikes at the beginning of the year, causing a loss of almost 335 million euros to the Air France-KLM Group in addition to the resignation of the former CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac. The arrival of Smith at the top of the Group meant that agreements could be signed with the unions, increasing the salaries of the employees, but SNPL did not sign them, considering the salary increase too low compared to what was required. Evidently the members were in favor of the conciliatory line with the airline's management, and the new leader Vincent Bossy will have the task of dealing with Smith in order to find a general agreement that closes all disputes with Air France workers.
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