End of wildcat strike by Schiphol cleaners

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The wildcat strike by housekeepers at Schiphol is over, says the FNV. Earlier today there was a spontaneous strike by around 100 employees because not all airport cleaners are entitled to the Schiphol summer supplement. The strike was called off when it became clear that talks would soon be held with the cleaners’ employers and customers.

They are cleaners who clean airplanes and airline business lounges. They do not work for Schiphol, but for companies. As a result, they are not entitled to the bonus of 5.25 euros per hour that other cleaning ladies at Schiphol will receive this summer.

A wildcat strike means that it is not organized by the union itself. The FNV was therefore not directly involved. However, the union was asked to play the role of mediator in the dispute. The action lasted about an hour and a half.

According to FNV campaign manager Joost van Doesburg, everyone got back to work when it became clear that talks would soon take place with the cleaners’ employers and customers. Schiphol says the action had “no impact on the operation.”

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