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Airplanes and carriers, KLM pilots accept salary reduction

Unions found the decisive agreement

Unavoidable cuts: even air carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has to deal with the crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic (read also the article published by AVIONEWS) and its employees are forced to accept conditions that are not exactly favorable. A clear example of this is the agreement signed in the last few hours through the Dutch trade union FNV, a negotiation that has led to a reduction in salary for the pilots registered in the same union. The measure refers to the next five years and in exchange there will be state aid (loans and guarantees specifically) for 3.4 billion euros. Initially, pilots themselves were not in favor of such a pay cut, then within 24 hours there was a marked change of course.

In recent days, minister of Economy of The Netherlands, Wopke Hoekstra, had made it known that he wanted to stop the disbursement of aid to KLM due to the refusal of some employees to accept the cuts; now Hoekstra himself said he was optimistic after overcoming what was not a simple obstacle, recognizing the commitment and solidarity of the employees in such a difficult moment. Latest negotiations involved a total of eight Dutch trade unions, now the specification of the exact amount of these payroll reductions is expected.

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