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French easyJet strike ends with pay deal

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French easyJet pilots have called off their strike after reaching agreement with the company on a pay deal. EasyJet managed to maintain all flights on a first day of strike action Wednesday by using reserve pilots and bringing in others from the UK.

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The pilots’ union, SNPL, announced the end of the strike on Thursday after talks with management which it says ended in a “satisfactory” agreement on its demands.

The piots were demanding a pay rise above the rate of inflation and a one-off bonus because of the company’s current healthy condition.

A company official confirmed that agreement had been reached.

The union had called strikes on Wednesday 15 August, Friday 17 August and Sunday 19 August, saying that the sporadic action was to allow talks to proceed.

British-based easyJet employs about 800 people on French contracts at five airports – Roissy, Orly, Lyon, Toulouse and Nice.

It has 12 per cent market share in France and carried 12 million passengers in 2011, a 19 per cent on 2010.

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