Cabin crew for Air France have already outlined dates for possible strike days, while unions representing staff at Ryanair are threatening “massive disruption” unless their demands are met.
Cabin crew at Air France have filed a provisional strike notice from December 22nd to January 2nd, although whether staff actually walk out depends on how the pay negotiations go.
“This notice should serve as a warning to our management,” explains a union leaflet. “If this warning is not heeded, only a strong mobilisation will be able to tip the balance.”
So far the only confirmed strike action is at Air Antilles and Air Guyane – which mostly run flights between France and the Caribbean and French Guyana. Their staff will be walking out between December 17th and December 22nd, unless there is a breakthrough in pay negotiations.
Ryanair crew working in Belgium have also threatened strike action over Christmas, although so far their French colleagues have not revealed any strike plans.
Things look better for rail and ferry travel, with no strikes currently planned – although anyone with a trip to the UK planned should be aware of strike days planned by British rail staff over the Christmas and New Year period.
French airport ground staff and air traffic controllers won themselves a pay rise after strike action over the summer holidays, and as for EasyJet cabin crew, they reached an agreement with management over pay increases. In response, unions representing cabin crew with the French subsidiary of the airline withdrew their strike notice for the Christmas period.
You can find all the latest strike information for France on our strikes page HERE.