I haven't personally been affected by this strike as my most recent flights have not been with AF
and my upcoming ones are with TP
booking until mid-October). That being said, I have nothing but disdain for these pilots and what they are doing. An extremely selfish, egotistical lot they are ... not proposing anything constructive, enjoying their cushioned protected jobs, flying much less hours than the European average at higher annual salaries (making their per hour rate outrageous). On top of this, they get nearly free air travel for them and their families (as do most AF
personnel) that doesn't even get taxed as payment in kind (which it should be....). Another odd thing about strikes in France, particularly in the public sector (and semi-public like AF
, despite its private shareholding) is that one of the last negotiated points before ending the strike is salary being paid for the days on strike!!! And usually management always caves in... so at the end of the day the strikers get full salary for the days on strike!!!! Ludicrous! I hope it doesn't happen here.
I will have to resist the urge to spit in the face of the next AF
pilot I see ... while exiting the aircraft of course, not boarding!
Times are a changing ... new policies come out all the time with the company I work with that often impinge on some of my privileges, but hey... I like my job, get paid very well, and realize that in order to matter in today's economy, some sacrifices are due.