You say that
First of all I am not a victim at all.
But end with
This is bordering ad hominem. I feel disrespected as a long time anetter and long time KLM pilot.
That doesn't add up. Why? You have never
heard me say: "YOU, Mr. Airbuster, are the cause of this"
or "YOU, Mr. Airbuster, should feel responsible".
I was shocked by your comment that you accuse your own company of spreading fake news. And that is attacking your words, not
you as a person. I don't attack people here personally. That's low and does not contribute to making a discussion better and I believe the main purpose of a forum is to discuss things and exchange opinions. And since you're a pilot with very good eyes (Yes, I understood your joke!) you could have read that I even stood up for you and your fellow pilots in my previous reply.
You can look up the comments I made a few months ago when Elbers and Smith received their bonuses over 2019. I was equally upset about that as I am about this.
But please treat us like other employees and not some form of weed within the company thank you.
Oh I absolutely do. Steam came from my ears when a few years ago the folks at AirFrance were striking for higher wages, while at the same time KLM staff had worked their butts off to reduce costs. All the money KLM saved, was wasted with that AirFrance strike.
See? Not attacking, but defending!
I am pointing, again, at the union
. And frankly I am not the only one. Both your CEO (1)
, general (3)
, public (4)
, in The Netherlands (5)
as well as a large majority(6)
in the House of Representatives think exactly
the same. Every union have signed, except for the VNV. Because those unions know that loving KLM and wanting to fight for its survival means accepting harsh austerity measures in exchange for billions of euros in public money. It is the only way
to keep the flying dutchman afloat.
And I understand why the Finance Minister has changed the demands for KLM in exchange for the aid, because when they (government + KLM) first discussed the whole support package months ago the outlook for the pandemic was completely different
than what it is today. Remember back in February your CEO predicted
a 150-200 million euro loss and flight disruptions until April. We hoped that there wouldn't be a second covid wave. Well, surprise: there is one! And it's worse than the first wave. This is a rapidly changing situation. This is a rapidly evolving crisis. This is a crisis without any precedent so we have to adjust ourselves to a new reality every day. You could almost
compare it to airlines' constantly changing ticket prices: supply and demand! The demand for flights is not recovering as expected, therefor
we are changing/updating/adjusting the list of demands we initially set for the billions of euros of government aid.
He increased the Dutch governments share in AFKL last year.
He did to save KLM's position within the holding!
So yes I do think there is much more to the story than just reducing the KLM pilots salary.
So you're proposing additional cutbacks to save money? You mean things like not renewing temporary contracts, deferring IT investments, cancelling a 2,5% wage increase, laying off at least 5000 staff members, reducing night flights, retiring the 747-400 fleet? Those things? That's what KLM has already done or is in the process of doing.
Call me shameful all you want openly on this forum but sit on your hands next time
As a 2 meter tall guy, flying with KLM has long taught me to sit on my hands. Because there are frankly not many other places I can put them in their crammed economy class seats.
(That was a joke, I hope you get that!