At Air France, the pilots ' remuneration is linked in part to the flight hours performed. Now as for the rest of the aviation sector, the activity of the Air France group has been almost non-existent in the months of April and may and recovered only very gradually. The pilots of the airline, and its subsidiary low-cost Transavia have seen their pay significantly lower since April, " efforts made necessary by the crisis of the Covid-19, said Monday the union SNPL.
"The line pilots at Air France and Transavia France are familiar with, since the month of April 2020, a reduction of their remuneration from 25% to 40 %, compared to their wage before the crisis," says the SNPL Air France-Transavia (AF-TB) in a press release. "Unlike the drivers that competing airlines, which have a fixed salary, the remuneration system of the pilots of Air France and Transavia France is strongly linked to the real activity ", he says.
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This decrease in compensation " should enable Air France to a savings of approximately 300 million euros per year for the duration of the global crisis linked to the Covid-19 and help him, as well, in part, to overcome its financial difficulties ", says the pilots union, a majority of Air France. The SNPL, Air France-Transavia also recalls that " in order to further reduce the wage bill and reduce the redundancy drivers, the management of Air France and the SNPL AF-TO have concluded in a few weeks, an agreement to break the conventional collective (RCC) to allow for the early retirement of pilots of the company ".
More than 7,500 positions will be eliminated
This agreement provides that approximately 400 drivers, or nearly 10 % of the numbers of drivers, "will finally leave Air France at the end of August" on a voluntary basis. "With these reductions in compensation and workforce adjustments, the line pilots of Air France and Transavia France are fully involved in the efforts made necessary by this extraordinary crisis and sustainable as we are going through," stresses William Gavin, president of the union, quoted in the press release.
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the competitor British Airways (BA), the trade union categorical Balpa announced on 1 August that the pilots had approved a plan providing for wage cuts, temporary 20 % to limit to 270 compulsory redundancies. The company, which employs 4,300 pilots, initially planned the dismissal of 1 255 of them and lay off and then rehire all of the other conditions are less favourable. The management of Air France intends to remove 7 580 posts by the end of 2022 at the company habs and the regional subsidiary Hop !. It table on natural attrition, non-replaced and voluntary departures, but departures forced are not excluded for the short-haul.