The case VarIn1 springs already small. In turn, unions of Air France-KLM2 point to cap the pension system established in the airline is also going through difficulties. According to the union of Air France pilots (Spaf3), the group "funded an average of nearly 15 million euros per year" since 2005 for this scheme called "supplementary pension", a total of nearly € 119 million for the exclusive benefit of 37 executives.
These amounts do not appear in the reference document 2012 Air France-KLM4. "The latest figures released by Air France date from 2011. They mentioned 98 million euros accrued between 2005 and 2011 for 30 frames. But after two years, comes largely to € 119 million raised for 37 frames, "says Leon Cremieux member of the National South Aero union office. "Unlike PSA, which has opted for a clear communication on the subject, there is a total opacity at Air France. Impossible to know the names of those who benefit from the scheme. Why hide it? "Asks the SPAF.
CEO not concerned
In the document dated last year, the airline only confirms that "by resolution dated January 15, 2004, the Board of Directors decided to establish a group plan differential retirement for senior executives of Air France. " Air France-KLM says that "guarantee these executives, when they meet specific eligibility conditions (in particular the condition of 7 years' within Air France) this pension plan is to an annual pension of between 35 and 40% of their average annual earnings in the last three years of performance of their duties. "
This retreat hat does not affect the current CEO of the Franco-Dutch carrier Alexander Juniac5 for which the benefit of this plan was rejected in a board of directors in 2011, according to the SPAF. However, it has its predecessor Jean-Cyril Spinetta6 which, as confirmed by the document of Air France-KLM has decided to liquidate its pension rights from 1 January 2009. "His compensation last three years of activity was around 1.2 million euros. It is therefore receiving a pension for life of 420 to 480,000 euros! "Says South Air.
"Since 1 January 2013, the pension plan does not include any new entrant"
The management of Air France
Both unions denounce this "golden retirement" given to executives. "They already receive significant sums for their business, giving them the means to provide for their retirement. This is not the case of an employee lambda. It is unfair that they receive compensation without any activity. This does not happen to be. This is especially indecent when the company launches a social plan, "protested Leon Cremieux. For SPAF "provisioning of € 15 million per year for 37 people at a time when 5,000 jobs were deleted, it's shocking. This deferred compensation, opaque, which is not based on the performance of the company is totally unfair. "
Unions claim to have already raised the issue with management in 2010. "At the time, CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon responded via a interne7 communication, this system justifait by the fact that the leaders had not received agreement on the RTT," quips a member of SPAF no checking account payday advance.
Air France defends
In an update on Friday, management announced that "since 1 January 2013, the pension plan does not include any new entrant." However, it confirms that "the persons concerned who are retired they have the previous regime."
The company adds that "for two years, this plan not been dedicated funding." Far from 119 million reported by the unions, it evokes a provision "made in the past", the current total is € 13 million. The sum was "filed with a management body outside and can not be reversed due to the regulations," says she. "Finally, it should be noted that Air France has introduced in 2006 a system of supplementary pension enjoyed by more than 25,000 employees. Unlike the pension scheme hat, this wide applicable to other employees was held device, "says the executive.
It also asserts that "executives of Air France are the only category of the company have incurred a net reduction in pay under the Transform 2015 as variable compensation were significantly reduced." The pilots' union noted for his part that the salaries of members of the board have more than doubled in 2012 compared to 2011, from 1 to 2.25 million euros.
Nearly 8,000 job cuts
"There is something wrong with these numbers. We are told that there are only 13 million euros on the amounts set aside for pensions hat earlier. So how will make Air France to pay 400 € 500,000 paid annually to only two former executives Pierre-Henri Gourgeon and Jean-Cyril Spinetta? "Asks do we in SPAF. "And what about the 37 leaders who have negotiated before 2013 these retreats hat? The system remains effective for them. While only 13 million, how their pension Will it be funded? "Says a member of the union." Larger amounts are necessarily available. In this case, we need to explain to us where they lie in the accounts. This story is not over, "he warns.
The SPAF is still awaiting a response from the State, which owns 16% of Air France-KLM capital. "This story raises many questions. The State, which had not intervened to oppose the pension cap of the former leaders, must now play the referee, "said SPAF. "We have already mentioned several times the subject to the government. But for him, Air France is a major French company, a family heirloom who do not look for lice. We do not expect any particular reaction, "lamented for its Southern Air part. The union called the management to establish "a measure of social justice" which would involve the distribution of amounts accrued between all Air France employees. "Either Wholesale 2000 euros each," he says.
Air France-KLM launched in January 2012 a restructuring plan, Transform 2015, to enable him to return to profit by 2015. The first restructuring measures had led between 2012 and 5122 départs8 end of 2013. About 2800 job cuts are still prévues9 under the second phase of the plan.