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French labor tensions ease as garbage collector strike ends, Air France resumes negotiations

  • People walk past a pile of garbage during the fourth day of a garbage collectors strike in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Trash is piling up on Paris streets because of a strike by garbage collectors angry over wage and career stagnation. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

    People walk past a pile of garbage during the fourth day of a garbage collectors strike in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Trash is piling up on Paris streets because of a strike by garbage collectors angry over wage and career stagnation. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, Air France director of Human Resources Xavier Broseta, right, and Air France assistant director of long-haul flights Pierre Plissonnier, center, are protected by a police officer as they flee Air France headquarters at Roissy Airport, north of Paris, France, after scuffles with union activist. Air France sent an unusual appeal Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 to its passengers worldwide, insisting that violent, clothes-ripping union protests this week don’t represent the airline and that it’s just trying to stay competitive. Unions and Air France management resumed negotiations Friday over hotly contested job cuts for the first time since activists assaulted airline executives Monday, leaving two shirtless and clambering over a fence to safety.  (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 file photo, Air France director of Human Resources Xavier Broseta, right, and Air France assistant director of long-haul flights Pierre Plissonnier, center, are protected by a police officer as they flee Air France headquarters at Roissy Airport, north of Paris, France, after scuffles with union activist. Air France sent an unusual appeal Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 to its passengers worldwide, insisting that violent, clothes-ripping union protests this week don’t represent the airline and that it’s just trying to stay competitive. Unions and Air France management resumed negotiations Friday over hotly contested job cuts for the first time since activists assaulted airline executives Monday, leaving two shirtless and clambering over a fence to safety. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)  (The Associated Press)

Air France is resuming negotiations with pilots' unions over hotly contested job cuts, and Paris garbage collectors have ended a smelly strike, soothing developments at the end of a week of high labor tensions.

Frustration over spending reductions erupted into violence earlier this week as union activists ripped clothes off Air France executives. The leading pilots' union, SNPL, said talks are resuming Friday with management about a sweeping cost-cutting plan that involves 2,900 job losses at France's money-losing flagship airline.

Air France would not comment.

In a separate labor dispute that left Paris streets crowded with overflowing trash cans, city officials and waste workers' unions reached an agreement Thursday night, ending a four-day strike. City hall said it agreed to raise pay for certain workers and consider expanding promotion opportunities.