Dutch airline KLM has announced a “crisis of unprecedented proportions” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dutch airline KLM has announced a “crisis of unprecedented proportions” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dutch airline KLM said Friday (31 July) it would shed up to 5,000 jobs due to a “crisis of unprecedented magnitude” caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier, part of the Air France KLM group, said the cuts through the end of 2021 were necessary as it had made huge losses despite a €3.4 billion Dutch government bailout. The cuts would involve around 1,500 compulsory layoffs from KLM’s current workforce of 33,000, the airline said. There would also be 2,000 voluntary redundancies announced earlier this year, while further cuts would…

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Critics say Germany’s new laws in the meat and food industries don’t go far enough

Critics say Germany’s new laws in the meat and food industries don’t go far enough

Two new laws are to put an end to exploitation and poor working conditions in the German meat industry. But critics are concerned that these laws don’t go far enough. It’s been a difficult start for the German government’s attempts to eliminate abuses in parts of the food industry. The new regulation passed by the federal cabinet on Wednesday (29 July) to optimise food inspections, which is designed to ensure more monitoring in high-risk businesses, has been strongly criticised by consumer organisations. Meanwhile, the health and safety at work law,…

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Wired scandal: the Bundestag committee of inquiry becomes more likely

Wired scandal: the Bundestag committee of inquiry becomes more likely

A probe into the Wirecard affair is picking up speed. At a special session of the Bundestag Finance Committee, MPs have questioned top ministers and lobbyist influence over the government is becoming increasingly clear. Setting up a special inquiry committee is becoming more likely as a result. Following the special session of the Bundestag committee on the Wirecard scandal, many questions remain unanswered. The Die Linke and far-right AfD parties called for a special panel even before the meeting started. This will require the approval of a quarter of the…

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