Ground handlers working for AIR-France-KLM’s Dutch arm have called off plans to strike at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, after KLM signalled they would be ready to negotiate.
Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV), the union representing the employees, announced on their website that talks with KLM would resume on Monday, alongside other unions already scheduled to meet with the airline.
“’We are curious what it will yield. KLM will receive from us until the end of next week to arrive at a negotiating result in outline. Otherwise we will continue with work interruptions,” said FNV director Jan van den Brink.
The ground staff already went on strike last week for a total of four hours on Monday and Wednesday, leading to dozens of delays and cancellations at Amsterdam Schiphol.
The employees’ terms include better rosters and more permanent staff, as well as a four per cent increase in pay per year – the company, meanwhile, has only offered a 2 per cent rise to its 15,000 ground staff.