Air France grants a bonus and general increases to all its employees

Air France grants a bonus and general increases to all its employees

Air France grants a bonus and general increases to all its employees

[Article mis à jour le 14/09/2022 à 20:10]

In the wake of other large groups, Air France has decided to implement the implementation of a series of measures to protect its employees from runaway inflation. Having held a consultation with representative unions at company level since the end of August, namely FO (with the SNPNC affiliated union for cabin crew), CFDT, CFE-CGC (with Unac), Unsa, or even SNPL, Alter and Spaf for the pilots, the management has decided on specific and structural provisions for all categories of company personnel in France, or about 38,000 people. Transavia and HOP! they are not included in these provisions, but undergo similar processes in parallel.

The most immediate measure will be the award of an exceptional purchasing power award. In the amount of 1,000 euros for a full-time employee, it will be paid in October. He still has to go through a consultation process with the Central Economic and Social Committee (CSEC) before he gets paid.

At the same time, Air France announces the implementation of a general wage increase in anticipation of the Mandatory Annual Negotiations (NAO) 2023. It will be phased in across three tiers until reaching 5% in 2023. The cost of these increases is estimated at 180 million euros per year.

A first 2% increase will take place in November. Therefore, low wages will benefit from a minimum increase of 130 euros gross per month (for full time). The second level of 2.5% is scheduled for February 2023. Finally, Air France management has pledged to validate an increase of at least 0.5% during the NAO scheduled for May 2023.

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Unilateral decision

Air France is thus responding to a fairly widespread request from the various unions, but for the moment it is a unilateral decision. It has yet to be analyzed by them. However, some measures seem to be moving in their direction, such as the implementation of threshold increases. On the other hand, the overall 5% increase may be slightly less than their expectations, with most claims requiring inflation matching of at least 6%.

Questioned, the SNPNC is quite satisfied, particularly with the adoption of a plan, even though the cabin crew union had asked for larger amounts during the consultation.

On the part of the SNPL, however, we welcome this “necessary” and “not only symbolic” gesture, even if it is noted that it remains below inflation. However, the main pilots union insists that this should only be a “first step”, although it is important in a context where Air France remains fragile.

On the other hand, the gap with the requests of an inter-union, which brings together CGT, Sud Aérien, SNGAF, Alter and the PNC section of CFTC Air France, which wanted to go up to a 10% increase, a plan of 300 euros and a prize of 3,000 euros.

These increases, the first generalized since the beginning of 2020, could also help boost hiring even if Air France for the moment seems to have had no recruitment problems. Since the beginning of the year, it has hired 1,500 people, of which 750 are permanent employees.