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A union warns of the "fatigue" of Air France pilots with a "risk to flight safety"

2022-08-18T05:47:36.800Z

Alter also denounces the reorganization of take-off slots or the group's positioning in terms of energy efficiency deemed insufficient.



The Alter union, a minority, sounded the alarm on Wednesday in the face of the risks of "

chronic fatigue

" among Air France pilots, a real risk according to him for flight safety.

Faced with an ambitious recovery program, despite several sectors being understaffed, the staff must cope with minimum rest and worrying chronic fatigue

”, Alexandre Rio, president of Alter, a representative union, told AFP on Wednesday. Air France and Transavia pilots.

10% of Air France pilots in depression, according to the Alter union

The pilots' union, which has challenged the government on several occasions, believes that "

certain limits are today objectives

" in terms of the number of hours worked and that the company uses "

anxiogenic communication and managerial violence, very complicated to live with. for employees

”.

According to Alter, “

10% of Air France pilots declare themselves to be in a state of depression

”.

The union denounces more generally "

the unrealistic ambition of return

" up to 10% of the general manager Ben Smith, a performance "

never achieved before

".

And this, despite a lack of hostesses, ground agents and mechanics, he points out.

Alter also denounces certain aspects of Air France's policy, in particular on the reorganization of take-off slots or the group's positioning in terms of energy efficiency, which it considers insufficient.

Alexandre Rio recalls that his union had called for a strike at the end of June to "

denounce these abuses

", "

in the face of an imminent danger to flight safety

", but regrets not having received any response from the Minister Delegate for Transport Clément Beaune since .

For its part, Air France "

recalls that the safety of flights, its customers and its crews is its absolute priority

" and that it is "

above the standards set by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA ) in terms of rest time after a flight

”.

The company also told AFP that "

700 pilots will have been recruited between April 2021 and December 2022

", allowing it to have "

number of staff trained to support the resumption of traffic and correspond to the ambitious program set for the coming months

".

Source: lefigaro

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