Brussels Airlines reached accord with the unions

Credit: Brussels Airlines

At Brussels Airlines, the management and the three unions have reached an agreement in principle about the restructuring that was announced in May.

After six weeks of negotiations, a preliminary agreement was reached on a social plan for the downsizing, on a new remuneration structure for those who remain on board, and on an adjustment of the flight crew’s schedules.

How many people will eventually lose their job is not entirely clear. On 12 May, the airline announced its intention to dismiss some 1,000 employees, about a quarter of its workforce.

Anyone still staying on board will likely have to deal with a pay cut. The measures are necessary to increase the competitiveness of Brussels Airlines, the management said.

The agreement will now be presented to the company’s staff. On Friday, the social plan will be put on the table at a special works council. “We have negotiated very intensively and I think we can still be satisfied with the result,” Filip Lemberechts of trade union ACLVB told De Tijd.

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