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EasyJet France flight attendants call Christmas strike

Flight attendants with EasyJet in France have announced a strike for 25 and 26 December.
Flight attendants with EasyJet in France have announced a strike for 25 and 26 December. Adrian Pingstone/CC

Angry over salaries and work schedules, flight attendants of the French branch of low-cost airline EasyJet announced Friday they would take strike action on 25 and 26 December.

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However, as their are no flights scheduled for Christmas day, the walkout will only affect travellers flying on 26 December.

Aviation workers are legally obliged to announced strike actions 48 hours in advance, so EasyJet said it would know the extent of cancellations on Tuesday.

But general director François Bacchetta told AFP agency the company expected "less than half of flights" to be cancelled.

"On Monday, we will preemptively cancel a certain number of flights in order to transfer passengers, so they can adjust their plans," he said.

Workers are upset over schedules that "can change twenty times per month", making "family life totally impossible", said Laurent Nicolas of the SNPNC-FO flight attendants' union.

Bacchetta acknowledged the demands of the industry were "complicated" and that he understood the "frustration" of workers.

But he was less lenient with protests over salaries, which he said were currently entering annual negotiations.

EasyJet employs about 1,000 people in France, including 600 flight attendants.

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