A group of striking workers protesting against 47 dismissals planned by the French division of Air Canada prevented one of the company's airlines from taking off from Roissy International Airport, near Paris, on Wednesday (23 April).
GV AND LV Air Canada aircraft on tarmac (2 shots)
CU INT sign in reception hall "Air Canada"
TRACKING SHOT PAST empty desks
CU sign "Closed"
CU Danner "Air Canada on strike due all airport staff laid off"
TV empty desks
SV PAN FROM woman with baggage TO sign "Air Canada on strike"
CU Employee speaking.
Transcript: Employee: "The employees of Air Canada France are on strike because the direction propose to lay off all the airport staff and give the handling to another company. And they have offered us unsecure employment with other companies. At the moment we are holding an aircraft in the hope to have negotiations with the company to stop this layoff and continue our employment with Air Canada as we have been doing in the past.
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EDITORS NOTE: The soundtrack with this film includes a statement by the Air Canada strikers' spokesman.
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Background: A group of striking workers protesting against 47 dismissals planned by the French division of Air Canada prevented one of the company's airlines from taking off from Roissy International Airport, near Paris, on Wednesday (23 April).
By Thursday (24 April) the group of about 100 Air Canada employees still had the jet immobilised-despite negotiations with French police, who want it moved because it is blocking access to a runway.
The striking workers are also occupying offices in central Paris and at the airport. They are demanding that the planned layoffs should be abandoned and that all workers for Air Canada in France should continue in their previous employment situation with the company.
The strikers' spokesman said that relations with Air Canada's General Manager for Europe, Guy Chiasson, were not very good and that they preferred to negotiate with the company's Vice-President, Mr. Damour, who was due to meet their representatives on Friday (April 25).