PHOTO – Air France Managers Attacked By Workers After Announcing Sack Of 2, 900
Air France workers on Monday mobbed their managers, tore their clothes and left them half naked. Hundreds of angry staff stormed the Air France building at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, near Paris, after the company announced plans to cut 2,900 jobs on Monday.
Two senior executives, Xavier Broseta, Vice President for Human Resources, and Pierre Plissonnier, deputy of Air France long-haul flights, both had their shirts ripped off their backs as they were evacuated through the crowds.
Shortly before the attack, Mr Broseta and Air France Chief Executive, Frederic Gagey, had outlined a drastic cost cutting plan, which would see 2,900 jobs cut by 2017. The cuts include 1,700 ground staff, 900 cabin crew and 300 pilots as part of efforts to lower costs, two union sources said.
This outraged staff, who are already at loggerheads with the company, and hundreds stormed the building, interrupting the meeting. Mr Broseta and Plissonnier had to be escorted through the crowds by security as outraged union members tore their suits apart, forcing them to climb over a fence to get to safety.
Parent Air France-KLM said it planned to take legal action over ‘aggravated violence’ carried out against its managers.