KLM ground staff will strike again. FNV Aviation reported that the employees will put down the work from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The trade union is thereby reinforcing its demands for a better collective labor agreement.

On Monday and Wednesday, KLM employees also stopped work for two hours, which caused dozens of flights to be canceled or delayed. On Wednesday, the strikers also received support from some of the catering staff at KLM.

Among other things, FNV demands a 4 percent wage increase for staff, instead of the 3 percent that KLM offers. In addition, the association wants improvements regarding the rosters and more people in permanent employment. KLM pointed out earlier that the wish list of FNV is actually much longer. All in all, the demands of the union would result in a reward that would be around 10 percent higher.

Harder follow-up actions planed

FNV already warned after Wednesday’s actions that any follow-up actions would be harder. “If KLM does not want to conclude a decent collective labor agreement, and after two actions still do not respond, you must proceed to tougher actions,” said FNV director Jan van den Brink.

KLM is trying to reach new collective bargaining agreements with eight unions. The last bid was still enough for the other unions to sit down with KLM again. Several trade union movements already spoke of a last chance for the airline.

KLM points out that all unions have been invited to a new meeting on Monday, including FNV Aviation. The door is still open as far as the airline is concerned. The company is currently making an inventory of the possible impact of the Sunday promotions. As before, preventive flights will probably be scrapped again. KLM expects to be able to provide more clarity about this on Saturday at the end of the morning.

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