Trade union FNV Luchtvaart has reached an agreement with two of the three baggage handling companies after several actions at Schiphol. With Menzies Aviation and Swissport Handling, salary increases of over 5 percent in two years have been agreed
More people are being hired to ease the workload, the employees get more job security, the number of night shifts are limited to a maximum of 9 per month elderly people no longer running night shifts.
The third ground handler, Aviapartner, does not participate in the CLA agreement. FNV is furious at Aviapartner. According to the trade union negotiators of that company had insufficient mandate and they frustrated the negotiations. “Their behavior was an insult to their staff and the FNV and they were sent home,” says FNV negotiator Asmae Hajjari. According to her, on Tuesday evening during the negotiations it led to a considerable collision. “That was a fireworks moment.”
The union calls on the company to join the agreements made, otherwise actions will follow.
Aviapartner tells the NOS that the negotiations on substantial amounts that had to be coordinated with the head office. The management was abroad and could not be reached during the negotiations.
The company is positive about a sector collective agreement and wants to quickly join the FNV to join the agreements. “The agreement for a sector collective agreement looks positive”, according to the company's hr manager
More and more cheaply
Baggage handlers have had work stoppages in recent weeks. They complained about the fierce competition between the companies, which resulted in a reduction in working conditions.
According to the FNV, this trend can be seen in an increasing number of sectors in aviation. “It all has to be cheaper, so there is less and less money for the employees,” says Leen van der List of FNV Luchtvaart. According to him, the agreement to come to a sector collective labor agreement is a historic moment. “That's how we stop the race down.”