KLM employees who have lost their jobs due to the corona crisis are financially supported by the European Union. The European Parliament (EP) has approved a budget of 5 million euros that is directly intended for 1201 ex-employees.
They can use the budget for retraining, finding a new job or starting their own business. The money does not go to KLM itself, the EP emphasizes.
KLM had submitted an application for 8.4 million euros for a total of 1,851 employees at the European Globalization Adjustment Fund (EGF). The airline will add the other 3.4 million euros, the EP says.
The fund is originally intended for people who lose their job when their company moves abroad, for example. Since the outbreak of corona, that fund has also been used for staff who will be on the street due to the pandemic.
Letter to Benschop
MEP Agnes Jongerius (PvdA) voted in favor of the support. “It is good news that these people can be helped thanks to the EGF”, she says on Twitter. “The last year was very quiet at Schiphol due to the corona virus, and thousands of employees lost their jobs. I therefore wonder: why only this select group of KLM receives support from the fund?”
In a letter to Schiphol director Dick Benschop, she wonders why no application has been submitted for the cleaners, baggage handlers, security and other people who work at Schiphol. “As CEO of Schiphol, you are responsible for the ins and outs of the airport,” she writes together with the trade unions FNV and CNV.
Not only former KLM employees are supported. The EP gives 1.8 million euros to redundant Finnair employees in Finland. 1500 Belgian airport employees who have been sent away will also receive a total of 3.7 million euros in support. And 500 German redundant metal workers will receive 1.1 million euros.