Airline KLM to cut workforce by 3,000 jobs, says Telegraaf
Monday 03 December 2012
Airline KLM plans to cut its workforce by 10%, or 3,000 jobs, in order to reduce costs, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.
The paper bases its claim on an interview with personnel chief Wim Kooijman, who says the jobs will go by 2015 and that so far compulsory redundancies are unlikely, as agreed with the unions.
At partner airline Air France, 5,000 jobs are at stake, the paper said.
KLM is currently in talks with unions on a new pay and conditions agreement but the negotiations have been going on for several months without result.
This weekend, the Sunday Times reported Air France-KLM may be involved in a bid to buy part of British airline Virgin.
The paper says partner airline Delta is in talks to buy the 49% stake in Virgin currently owned by Singapore Airlines. Air France-KLM could be involved to ensure majority ownership, the paper said.