Netherlands - Schiphol ground handlers successful - June 30, 2016

Security and other ground workers at Schiphol Airport celebrated two important wins in their fight for better conditions and improved security. KLM has been forced to drop its plans to include in the collective bargaining negotiations with the trade unions the outsourcing of 6,000 of the 17,000 ground workers’ jobs at Schiphol. The widespread discontent of the baggage handlers, depot, check-in and other workers led to huge participation in the FNV action day and demonstration outside KLM’s head office on 19 May. Within a day, KLM agreed to drop the proposals and start the negotiations with a clean slate. There will be further actions to keep up the pressure until the negotiations conclude in early July 2016. Following a series of short stoppages – organised via SMS messaging –Schiphol and its security companies agreed on 2 June, to employ at least 40 more security workers, to reduce standing time during passenger control to two hours (in line with the latest scientific recommendations), and to introduce climate control.

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