August 27, 2018 / 11:30 AM / a year ago

Air France unions press pay demands, stop short of strike call

An Air France airplane takes off at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy, near Paris, France, August 26, 2018. Picture taken August 26, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

PARIS (Reuters) - Air France-KLM’s (AIRF.PA) French unions reiterated demands for a 5.1 percent pay increase on Monday, without calling any new strike action as the airline group awaits the arrival of a new chief executive.

A cross-union grouping behind earlier strikes that led to the May resignation of the last CEO, Jean-Marc Janaillac, vowed after a meeting on Monday to maintain its core demand on pay. But it stopped short of calling for an immediate resumption of strikes as some workers’ representatives had threatened.

“We remain mobilised to defend our demands,” the unions said in a joint statement. Janaillac’s successor, Ben Smith, the outgoing chief operating officer at Air Canada, is due to begin work next month as Air France-KLM CEO.

Reporting by Laurence Frost and Cyril Altmeyer; Editing by Brian Love

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