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Air France Workers Seek Strike to Protest Planned Bill

February 02, 2012

(Updates with Air France comment in second paragraph)

Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Air France SA unions for pilots, cabin attendants and ground workers have called on the airline’s employees to strike from Feb. 6 at 1:00 a.m. Paris time through Feb. 9 to protest a bill going before the French senate that would oblige each employee planning to strike to give 48 hours’ notice, the unions said in an e-mailed statement.

The unions said in the statement they didn’t necessarily think the bill would be voted into law. Air France considers the subject of guaranteeing services at airports a matter for the state and is committed to preserving employees’ right to strike, the carrier said in an e-mailed statement.

David Ricatte, a spokesman for the CGT union and a flight mechanic said by telephone that he didn’t know how many workers would join the strike and said workers would have a clearer idea on Feb. 6. Air France is the French unit of Air France KLM Group.

To contact the reporters on this story: Andrea Rothman in Paris at aerothman@bloomberg.net;


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