The strike by employees of Groupe ADP, manager of the Paris airports of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly, resulted in flight delays this Friday, July 2 and will continue this weekend, while negotiations between the three representative unions and management were suspended until Monday.
Negotiations must resume “At 9:30 am Monday”, we learned from corroborating sources. Until then, the three strike notices “Are maintained this weekend”, officials of the Unsa, CGT and CFE-CGC unions at ADP told AFP. Current notices will be closed “Monday at 7 am”, noted Daniel Bertone, secretary general of ADP’s CGT.
At Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, the horizon remains blocked
On Friday, around 5 p.m., the flights were “Delayed by one hour” on average at Roissy and “Fifteen minutes to Orly”, detailed to AFP the management of ADP, adding that the delays would be “Reabsorbed around 8 p.m.” in Roissy, while they were “In the process of being absorbed” at Orly.
A plan for adapting employment contracts in the line of sight
With their call for a strike, which includes the first weekend of the big departures on vacation, the three representative unions are calling for the withdrawal of a plan to adapt work contracts (PACT) providing for a reduction or elimination of bonuses. In case of refusal, employees risk dismissal.
The proposals made by management on Friday are insufficient and “We think she still has cards in the tank”, estimated Laurent Garssine, secretary general of Unsa ADP, whose union has already submitted a notice for Friday, July 9.
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The Unsa was the only union to call a strike on Thursday, causing delays of 15 minutes on average at the two airports that day. The CGT and CFE-CGC also filed new notices, covering July 9 and 10, said Daniel Bertone and Véronique Pigueron, president of the management union at ADP.
A demonstration is scheduled from 9 a.m. on Saturday morning at Roissy and a general assembly of employees is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. at Orly.
“We block with regret”
In Orly, 250 people demonstrated, according to the airport source. According to Laurent Garssine, “Between 300 and 400 people” paraded out of the airport and some are “Entered terminal 3 for thirty minutes”. Protesters were “Gassed” by the police, he protested.
“We refuse the PACT project […]. We block with regret ”, stressed to AFP in Roissy Luis Mendes, Unsa delegate. “We understand the difficulty of the aviation sector, which is solely due to the health crisis [du Covid-19]. We are ready to make economic efforts ”, But “Not structural and definitive. Management is using the crisis to make us permanently lose our gains ”, he accused.
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According to the unions, the PACT will cause up to 20% loss of pay for some. ADP CEO Augustin de Romanett asserts that “88%” employees “Will not lose more than 4%”.
For the management, this PACT will make it possible to achieve the necessary savings, while the pandemic has weighed down ADP’s activity. Even if air traffic is regaining strength at Roissy and Orly with holiday departures, it remains well below its pre-crisis level, with 100,000 passengers per day against 200,000 previously. Faced with this crisis, ADP signed in December, with the unions, a collective contractual termination agreement (RCC) providing for 1,150 employee departures in 2021, including 700 not replaced.