. employees cargo luggage
luggage regard enterprisesBaggage and cargo companies at Schiphol have employees perform too heavy work. while the labor inspectorate had demanded that this should no longer happen after 2009. After 2010, the Inspectorate no longer carried out inspections. This has emerged from a study by NOS and Nieuwsuur.
Some of the luggage and freight porters suffer from physical problems as a result of the heavy work. Concerned company doctors warn that half of the ground staff will develop an occupational disease if the work is done in this way for long.
The research by the NOS and Nieuwsuur shows that various luggage rygar enterprises. and cargo companies have known for years that this work can lead to physical overload. The companies are not doing enough to alleviate the heavy lifting and lugging. In 2004 the Labor Inspectorate found that ‘two to four times the health-based limit value was exceeded when luggage was lifted at Schiphol. Lifting aids were therefore made compulsory in the baggage basement, but they appear to work poorly and are hardly ever used.
At the time, the Inspectorate also required roller conveyors to be used in small aircraft in order to alleviate the problem of stacking suitcases while kneeling. According to the inspectorate, this work was ‘very health-threatening. But not all baggage companies seem to have enough roller conveyors and some don’t have them at all. In the cargo department, the roller systems in aircraft regularly fail, forcing employees to push against cargo plates weighing thousands of kilos.
luggage rygar enterprises
Jurgens estimates that around 2,000 people were employed by KLM in the baggage basement at that time. He saw some of the staff more often because they received complaints more often. “I ended up wondering what I’m actually doing here: helping people recover and then putting them back in an environment where they got sick.” According to the doctor, some of the staff develop permanent injuries or even become incapacitated for work.
Another company doctor at Schiphol is also concerned. He assists fifteen to twenty baggage and freight employees who are at home with ‘directly work-related complaints. It was no different in recent years. About 300 baggage and cargo employees work at his handling company. He anonymously sounds the alarm: “This system must change.”
Schiphol works with six different airport handling companies, which compete with each other as to who is allowed to handle the airlines’ baggage and cargo. In response, various handlers acknowledge that baggage and freight work is physically very demanding and that employees do indeed still do some of it manually.
They say they want to solve the problem on the platform by sharing tools more often in the future. This plan has been there for years but has not yet got off the ground. KLM has invested the most in automation but nevertheless admits that it has done ‘not enough’ to prevent occupational diseases.
Too much competition
Baggage companies Swissport, Viggo, and Dnata point to Schiphol Airport, which is responsible for purchasing lifting aids in the basement. According to Swissport and Viggo, Schiphol has even completely switched off the lifting aids for arriving flights because they do not work properly. Schiphol denies this and says that the handlers themselves are responsible for the use of the lifting machines.
Swissport claims that because Schiphol has permitted an excessive number of handlers, there is now interdependent competition. According to HR director Michel van de Stolpe, “because there is so much competition, you want to be able to deal more and more inexpensively in order to get contracts, which is vital for the continued existence of your organization.” says HR director Michel van de Stolpe. “And that does indeed affect working conditions.”
The trade union FNV says it wants to talk to the handlers and Schiphol as soon as possible to introduce the lifting aids at lightning speed. The union also demands that the labor inspectorate checks the airport again.