Air France-KLM’s management has successfully negotiated longer rests for pilots between flights with union bosses and have averted a strike.
On Tuesday, in a development that marks the the overcoming of a strike that could have caused mayhem later this year, the Netherlands pilots’ union stated it has agreed to a new deal with Air France-KLM over working hours.
The airline had been hit hard by strikes from its French employees and as a way forward had appointed a new CEO to steer through the fraught stand-off. To make matters worse, the next day, the airlines’ Dutch pilots had warned they would consider going on strike later this year unless airline begins hiring new staff so as to ease their workload and give them sufficient rest between flights.
On Tuesday, the Dutch union stated, the mediator had helped union leaders to arrive at an acceptable compromise which means, longer rest periods will go into effect earlier than planned.
The deal will now have to be approved by members.
Significantly, as per the union, strike preparations are on hold.