This package is in addition to the previous contributions that the pilots have made since the start of the corona crisis, the VNV reports. “With this package of measures, the current collective labor agreement is broken open and greatly reduced. In doing so, the VNV helps KLM to comply with the agreements with the government and the pilots contribute to KLM’s struggle. ”
In recent weeks, intensive consultations have been held between KLM and the VNV about a package with cutbacks, but without result. KLM unilaterally suspended the consultation on Friday. The VNV says it has now submitted a complete proposal to KLM “in the interest of progress”.
“Given the future of KLM, we think it is important to reach an austerity agreement and hope that KLM will embrace this proposal,” says Schmid. “The VNV remains available for consultation and we are pleased that KLM has now also indicated that it wants to continue talking.”
According to the VNV chairman, a combined contribution of individual salary cuts and other interventions on the collective labor costs of pilots has been chosen. In this way, the pilots association says it is fulfilling the wish of politicians to put ‘the heaviest burdens on the widest shoulders’.
The threat of redundancy of pilots is also resolved and the impact of the measures for pilots at various stages of their careers is kept in mind. With the proposed measures, pilots say they are taking their responsibility to help KLM through the crisis.
On October 1, KLM must submit a plan to the government on how the company will implement the reorganization, which is a precondition for financial aid totaling 3.4 billion euros. Negotiations on this with the unions for cockpit, cabin and ground personnel are still ongoing.
According to the VNV, valuable time has been lost in recent months and there is now no more time to lose. “That is why we are now taking the initiative and making a concrete proposal for a contribution to the future of KLM. We would like to continue the discussion with KLM about this, given the importance in our opinion under the guidance of an external mediator. ”
The VNV proposal in outline:
- Breaking open the current collective labor agreement (until 1 March 2022) and adjusting employment conditions in line with government conditions
- General wage cuts
- Wage cuts due to the waiving of year-end bonuses
- Wage reduction due to the waiving of the previously earned profit-sharing scheme for the pre-corona year 2019
- Expansion of collective labor agreement rules to allow flying in the international and exceptional corona environment
- Combination of schemes that resolve the (imminent) redundancy
- Cancellation of past lease commitments
- Temporarily letting go of production agreements to give KLM maximum flexibility
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