October 20, 2020


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KlM employees can receive a maximum of one and a half gross annual salaries | Right away

KlM employees can receive a maximum of one and a half gross annual salaries | Right away

KLM employees who have been employed for more than ten years will receive a maximum of 18 gross monthly salaries if they take advantage of the company’s voluntary severance package.

A KLM spokesman said. Registration for the airline’s voluntary departure stake expired on Sunday, with more than 2,400 KLM employees signing up. That’s about 8 percent of the total workforce.

The KLM Group employs around 33,000 people, 2,600 of whom are for Transavia. This company has a separate severance package, which runs until the end of July.

At the beginning of June, KLM opened the already modest exit scheme for all employees. “This arrangement provides for the necessary next steps,” the company said at the time, pointing to a need to reduce the company and its workforce.

As a result of the Corona crisis, KLM has been able to offer fewer and fewer flights since the beginning of this year, and at the height of the crisis, about 90% of aircraft were grounded. As a result, KLM has already retired several thousand employees on fixed-term contracts.

With the programme, KLM hopes to limit the number of redundancies

By creating a voluntary exit system, KLM hopes to reduce the number of redundancies. “KLM prefers to say goodbye to employees who choose to do so than to colleagues who do not voluntarily choose to do so,” the company’s statement reads.

THE number of people who could apply for the system did not mention KLM. “Each function is checked to see how many departures can be accommodated.”

Employees who have been employed for ten years receive a quarter-month salary per year of service.