KLM had to cancel 23 flights on Monday morning due to the ground staff strike. 11 European flights had already been canceled as a precaution. Travelers flying with KLM have to take account of delays for the rest of the day.

About five hundred KLM employees resigned from work between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. as announced. The FNV had taken into account about four hundred strikers, but was short of the "overwhelming" turnout jackets, says FNV campaign leader Joost van Doesburg.

The trade union wants, among other things, a wage increase of 8 percent in two years, a less flexible schedule and more people in permanent employment. If KLM does not respond to this, new actions will follow this week, says Van Doesburg. KLM did not respond to trade union proposals during the negotiations last week.

KLM handled all incoming European flights on Monday morning. Intercontinental flights operated by the airline were delayed by about two hours due to the work interruption.

Schiphol advises travelers to keep an eye on the airport website due to the risk of delays.

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