Union wins 33% pay rise for Schiphol baggage handlers

Luggage piled up at Schiphol. Photo: DutchNews.nl

Baggage handling companies at Schiphol airport have agreed 33% pay rise over two years, the FNV trade union federation said on Wednesday.

If union members vote in favour of the deal, wages will rise by an average of 19% in January and will increase again a year later. In total, full time workers will get at least an additional €350 a month. The minimum pay rate in 2025 will then be €18.81 per hour.

Baggage handlers have gone on strike several times in recent years, leading to chaos at the airport during the 2022 holiday season and a summer bonus.

The FNV called for another hefty pay rise this year, given the impact of inflation and continuing problems with the workload for baggage handlers.

The union earlier this year said it had received more than 400 complaints since it set up a hotline for staff to report work-related injuries such as back, shoulder and neck pain.

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