‘KLM pilot cap back in exchange for agreement with trade union’

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KLM pilots may receive their caps back after three years as a ‘thank you’ for an agreement between their union and the airline. Pilot’s union VNV and KLM are currently negotiating to hand in part of the salary to meet the conditions for government support. VNV is willing to make a wage sacrifice of 20 percent on an annual basis. KLM is probably asking more, but in return would like to give the pilots their caps back after a three-year absence.

By aviation reporter Doron Sajet

The airline does not want to say exactly what KLM requires of all unions. On that day, society must submit a plan to Minister Hoekstra of Finance stating how the conditions for EUR 3.4 billion in loans and guarantees will be met. KLM is currently negotiating with all ground and cabin unions and the Association of Dutch Air Traffic Pilots (VNV) about the reorganization.

Wage offerings

VNV announced today that it wanted to make a wage sacrifice and to renounce the profit sharingscheme that the pilots received in 2019 (for corona). The union says it will give up 20 percent salary on an annual basis and wants to make non-wage-related employment conditions concessions. The question is whether KLM agrees with what VNV has to offer. The company has rejected an earlier proposal from VNV.

Pilotenpet

The chance that VNV will be fobbed off with the reintroduction of the pilot cap in exchange for giving up more employment conditions seems small. The beloved cap was abolished in 2017 to make the appearance of the pilots appear more ‘modern’.

Probably no agreement Thursday

Trade union FNV, one of eight unions currently negotiating with KLM about the reorganization, fears it will not reach an agreement on Thursday. The union represents both cabin and ground personnel. FNV believes that KLM is taking a unilateral position. All unions are angry that KLM has not previously involved them in the government aid negotiations. 5,000 jobs will be lost at KLM, of which 1,500 may have been forced redundancies.







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