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KLM pilots threaten to strike

No dates have been announced, but strikes will not take place at least until Friday, a union says.

Pilots working for the Dutch flag carrier KLM are threatening to strike over what they say is pay and work pressure, according to a letter from the pilots union VNV to its members, as reported by the Telegraaf newspaper and DutchNews.nl.

No dates have been announced, but strikes will not take place at least until Friday. KLM and VNV reached a tentative agreement in May, but the 2,200 pilots are unhappy about the terms.

“KLM does not realise how broad the unrest is and that severe measures are needed to alleviate pressure at work,” the letter says. “If KLM does not agree with our proposal, then we will begin with work stoppages.”

Work-life balance
KLM admits that the negotiations are now in a “difficult phase”.

“Regrettably, the negotiations are in a difficult phase. Both VNV and KLM have put forward proposals. KLM takes the objections and wishes of its pilots seriously, which is why a strong and substantial package of measures and solutions have been tabled,” the airline says.

“KLM believes that, in combination with the previously negotiated agreement in principle, this package should bring about the desired reduction in work pressure and improvement of the work-life balance of pilots.”

Air France KLM shares have slumped on the news.

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