Trade union FNV Aviation is dissatisfied with the way KLM’s ground staff are treated differently from pilots and is in danger of not signing the agreement on the adaptation of working conditions. This agreement is essential for KLM to obtain state aid from the Dutch authorities.
The duration of the agreement, which is for ground staff up to the end of 2022 and for pilots up to the end of March of that year, is of particular concern. FNV believes that if all parties have to submit something, it should be the same length. “We have agreed with KLM that the agreements must be the same for all employees, that is what the government wants,” says federal director Jan van den Brink.
In addition, it strikes the ground staff that pilots are given ‘perks’ in their eyes, for example for making private travel.
“There is great indignation among ground staff about this unequal treatment,” says Van Den Brink. “Now only the highest paid get a present as a thank you for their contribution. If KLM wants to show its appreciation, she must treat all employees equally.”
FNV has written an open letter to KLM CEO Pieter Elbers in order to show equal appreciation to all employees.
KLM did not reach agreement with the ground and cabin crew unions until the morning of 1 October, the day of the deadline, on the reduction of working conditions. With the pilots it took even longer and only a few hours before the deadline set by the government expired a deal was made.