PARIS (Reuters) - The new management of troubled airline Air France (AIRF.PA) will present measures to respond to a staff “malaise” on June 14, non-executive chairwoman Anne-Marie Couderc said in a letter to trade union representatives.
Last month Air France-KLM appointed a trio of leaders including Couderc to run the airline while it searches for a new CEO, following a standoff over staff pay.
Striking a conciliatory tone in the letter seen by Reuters, Couderc wrote that staff had made clear there was a “malaise” inside the French airline.
“This malaise is deep-rooted and goes beyond the issue of pay,” she said. “Concrete answers must be given.”
The French government, already locked in a battle over reforms at state railway operator SNCF, has said it will not bail out Air France where a protracted dispute between management and unions over pay has resulted in 15 days of walkouts this year, costing the group 400 million euros.
Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer, Dominique Vidalon; editing by Richard Lough and Jason Neely