Difficult moments for some of the Air France leaders. They had to flee a meeting on Monday, October 5, about mass job cuts after angry staff waving banners and flags stormed the room.
The airline’s human resources and labour relations chief Xavier Broseta, as well as Pierre Plissonnier, the airline’s director at Orly airport, were jostled, their shirts ripped off, as they battled their way through crowds of workers trying to escape.
Broseta and Air France Chief Executive Frederic Gagey had been outlining a drastic cost cutting plan, described by the company as “Plan B” after failing to persuade its pilots to accept a less radical one.
Air France confirmed in the meeting, which will not resume on Monday, that it planned to cut 2,900 jobs by 2017 and shed 14 aircraft from its long-haul fleet, two union sources said.
The cuts include 1,700 ground staff, 900 cabin crew and 300 pilots, the sources said. The long-haul business would be reduced by 10 percent.
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