Air France staff strike hits five-day mark

Air France staff strike hits five-day mark”

French airline Air France canceled about 30% of flights due to the strike of employees, reports the AP.

The strike, aimed at securing higher pay, affected global and domestic travel, with a quarter of long-haul flights cancelled, said a report in France 24.

The company said in a statement Friday that 35 percent of its medium-haul flights arriving and departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle will be canceled.

"We wasted one day here", said Harinath Reddy, an Indian software engineer whose connecting flight in Paris between Nuremberg in Germany and Mumbai was canceled, causing him to miss another leg of his journey within India.

Workers unions say they deserve to benefit from years of belt-tightening that have brought the carrier back to operating profitability.

Industrial action at Air France has been ordered by unions representing the airline's staff, who have locked horns with the company's management over a request for a 6% pay rise.

Management estimated 34 percent of pilots walked out, 26 percent of crew and 19 percent of ground staff.

Unions have already warned of more strikes to come, with six more days of walkouts planned including two this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Air France said that it was too early to evaluate the possible impacts of the forthcoming scheduled strikes.

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