KLM Abandons Controversial Roster Plan for Part-Timers

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KLM is abandoning a plan to allow ground staff part-timers to come to work for an extra day. The airline wanted to spread the hours of part-timers more over the whole week to hire fewer temporary workers and save up to 7.5 million euros.

 

After much resistance from the staff, KLM is now abandoning those roster plans, the company confirms after reporting from NH Nieuws.

Employees feared that the roster measure would disrupt their private lives. The FNV union already announced this month that there was high enthusiasm for strikes because of the issue. A KLM spokesperson cannot indicate whether the threat of action was the reason to stop the controversial plans.

KLM has to cut costs significantly due to the corona crisis. That was also one of the conditions set by the government for the multi-billion dollar aid that the company received. A spokeswoman for the airline says KLM and trade unions are now discussing other ways in which employees can be deployed more flexibly, reducing spending on temporary staff.

Initially, KLM wanted to go even further by calling on staff who work part-time. The plan was to have them come to Schiphol for a few hours five days a week to absorb peaks. The airline then reduced this to a maximum of one extra turnout for many part-time workers.

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