Last week, Air France executives announced plans to shed 2,900 jobs in a restructuring.
On Monday, angry staff waving banners and flags stormed a meeting about the job cuts. Air France executives fled from employees unhappy with the decision.
Television channels showed airline human resources and labour relations chief Xavier Broseta being “jostled, his shirt ripped off, and his tie hanging from his neck,” as he fought through crowds of irate employees, Reuters reported.
“Broseta and Air France Chief Executive Frederic Gagey had been detailing a ‘Plan B’ to reduce costs at the carrier after negotiations with pilots and cabin crew in an effort to reach concessions that could lead to a softer deal failed,” the news service added. “Parent Air France-KLM said shortly afterwards that it planned to take legal action over “aggravated violence” carried out against its managers.”
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