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Monday, 22 December 2014

EasyJet France flight staff call Christmas strike

Angry over salaries and work schedules, flight attendants of the French branch of low-cost airline EasyJet announced on Friday that they would take strike action on 25 and 26 December.

However, as there are no flights scheduled for Christmas day, the walkout will only affect travellers flying on 26 December.

Aviation workers are legally obliged to announce strike action 48 hours in advance, so EasyJet said it would know the extent of cancellations on Tuesday.

But general director Fran├žois Bacchetta told AFP agency the company expected "less than half of flights" to be cancelled.

"On Monday, we will pre-emptively cancel a certain number of flights in order to transfer passengers, so they can adjust their plans," he said.

Workers are upset over schedules that "can change twenty times per month", making "family life totally impossible", said Laurent Nicolas of the SNPNC-FO flight attendants' union.

Bacchetta acknowledged the demands of the industry were "complicated" and that he understood the "frustration" of workers.

But he was less lenient with protests over salaries, which he said were currently entering annual negotiations.

EasyJet employs about 1,000 people in France, including 600 flight attendants.

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