SOCIAL PARTNER NEGOTIATIONS AT FRENCH AIRLINE Air France received rather wider news coverage than usual after two members of senior management had their shirts ripped at a meeting of the works council. Seeking to explain a restructuring plan that could lead to 2,900 job losses Human Resources manager Xavier Broseta and Pierre Plisonnier had to escape from a small group of angry protesters by climbing a fence. The CGT and CFDT union confederations condemned the attack and said that the managers had been helped to leave by works council union delegates. Commenting on the restructuring plan itself the CGT federation recalled that 15,000 posts at the company had already been eliminated since 2008 and the new ‘Plan B’ would also ground 14 long-haul jets, defer deliveries of new aircraft and cut five routes. The unions want to start an effective social dialogue with both the company and the government which owns 17% of Air France’s shares.. ‘Only an industrial project based on a unifying and ambitious development will build support of all Air France employees’ they said in a joint statement. Philippe Evain, head of the pilots’ union SNPL's Air France branch, said it was ready to make new offers to management: ‘Yes we are ready to make new proposals. We are always open to discussions.
M.Broseta escapes minus his shirt