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Air France Pilot Union Halts Cooperation on Cost-Cutting Program

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March 21 (Bloomberg) -- Air France’s main pilot union said it will refuse to cooperate with a cost-cutting plan aimed at restoring earnings, two days after revealing that it was looking at withdrawing its support over terms offered to cabin crew.

While Air France needs structural changes, its strategy is being driven by financial and accounting concerns, with little regard for social considerations or long-term strategy, the SNPL, which represents 70 percent of the pilots, said today.

The union will “freeze” all cooperation with measures set out in the Transformation 2015 program, it said in a statement.

The SNPL said March 19 it was checking if the provisions of an accord with flight attendants delivered the 20 percent boost in productivity sought from all workers.

The union said today it’s also concerned about future governance after La Tribune reported that Jean-Cyril Spinetta will quit as Air France-KLM Group chief nine months before his 70th birthday, by which he’s obliged leave, with Alexandre de Juniac, architect of Air France’s cuts, taking the top post.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrea Rothman in Toulouse, France, at aerothman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net

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