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French Pilot Strike Hides Weakness of Once-Feared Unions

Posted October 02, 2014

Under Economic Issues, Logistics & Supply Chain Issues


By the time Air France-KLM Group pilots ended their 14-day strike this week, they had forced their employer to abandon plans to expand its low-cost unit, disrupted air traffic throughout Europe and cost the company an estimated $350 million.

What they hadn’t done was win their key demand: that France-based pilots at the Transavia subsidiary work under the same contracts they do.

This lack of success is the rule these days rather than the exception in a country legendary for its frequent and visible work stoppages. Read more here.