Dutch airline KLM has announced it will cut between 4,500 and 5,000 jobs in 2020 and 2021. The company is in a deep crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, making a reorganisation inevitable.
Around 2,000 employees have used the company's offer for compensation in case of a voluntary leave and some 1,500 temporary contracts are not extended. Another 1,500 jobs will be cut through forced dismissals. Forced dismissals will appear in all parts of the company, with 500 jobs cut in ground staff, 400 in cabin crew, 300 among pilots and another 400 among office workers.
Employee unions have called the reorganisation plans unfair and have demanded no forced dismissals. KLM has started negotiations with employee representatives about a social plan.
KLM is the Dutch branch of airline company Air France-KLM and has around 33,000 employees.