KLM reaches wage accord with pilots to avert strike

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Dutch national carrier KLM said Tuesday it had reached an accord with pilots for a new wage deal to avert a strike.

"Following an intensive round of negotiations and with the assistance of an arbitrator, KLM and the Dutch Airline Pilots Association, the VNV, today reached accord on a collective labour agreement for KLM's pilots," KLM said in a statement.

The agreement, which the airline said would "reduce work pressure" while also delivering "increased flexibility," was reached two days before a deadline the VNV had set as it sought a wage increase and better working conditions.

"KLM is delighted that it has reached an agreement with the VNV and hopes that a line can now be drawn under a difficult period. KLM wishes now to join with the VNV to concentrate on the challenges ahead," the airline stated.

Talks had previously reached an impasse after the pilots in May rejected initial proposals.

At KLM's partner Air France, nine organisations covering pilots, hostesses and stewards and ground staff said Thursday they were ramping up their own pay claim, providing a bumpy landing for incoming chief executive Ben Smith.

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