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June 11, 2009
Posted: 1434 GMT

Tonight’s profitable moment – KLM has asked its pilots to volunteer and help the company out. More than a 100 of them have signed up for extra duties on their days off. They will work the Lost Baggage department, or check in passengers. They will work in the back offices helping with the paperwork. It should save KLM millions of dollars that would be spent on temporary staff during the busy summer months.

So We asked you tonight what would you do to help your company. Surely in this day and age – it’s all hands to the pump. No-one should be too proud to do any job surely.

Which then made me think what would I do to help out my company. Surely there must something more than just standing here talking on the television. Perhaps a bit of light dusting after the show is over? or maybe running the vaccuum round at the end of the day.

The issue is not whether we will help out our companies but whether they will take advantage of our goodwill. Of course we will all do our bit to save colleagues' jobs – but to do our bit to make shareholders happy when perhaps your own pay and conditions are under threat? Would you do that?

How far will You go?

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downradio   June 11th, 2009 2:54 pm ET

Hmmm... this is a very interesting story. I guess the answer would depend on one's job satisfaction. It seems these pilots are quite happy to serve KLM. Many others are not in that kind of position and wouldn't go nearly so far.

Manuel Vilhena   June 15th, 2009 8:03 pm ET

In the Portuguese (Latin) culture sometimes is not that easy to help in a less qualified job.

I think that KLM pilots are showing nobility.


VolcanoEconomics   June 15th, 2009 8:55 pm ET

The first virgin to sacrifice herself in the volcano for more crops is a hero, the one pushed in next year to assure a repeat crop is clearly a victim. To what exent did the first contribute to the demise of the second?
Having read Naomi Klein's Shock and Awe and Alan Greenspan's Biography, it seems more socialist than kapitalist to contribute 5000$ of salary or time to host corporations rather than for us to spend that same amount on purchases which propell us and society forward: buy solar panels, online newspaper subscriptions, shares of your company...
Our employers are often scale-dependent industrialist corporations and tempted to play on our fears to maintain the status quo. It's up to us to let them know if we are star players worth millions or semi incompetents, happy to have any job until a machine or someone in another time zone takes it over. As the stockmarkets teach us, loss is faster realised and more painfull than gains are acquired. If cost savings are needed let the CEO's make them but let's not endanger the earnings potential of those remaining, we'll likely need to work harder and support a larger number of depedents: be they family, friends or benefits receivers: let's make sure we have that money and not an international entity who may be next to fold.

kitty   June 17th, 2009 7:11 pm ET

it's nice story, richard.
very typical KLM, heart-warming company.
it can't be happend in French airline company.
a clap for KLM pilots.

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