1. KLM puts the brakes on ticket sales, Schiphol comes up with an action plan
Schiphol has put forward an action plan to prevent large crowds in the summer. The measures come on top of new landing rules, which the airport already announced on Wednesday. The airport wants to recruit more staff, such as security guards, make work at Schiphol more attractive, optimize passenger flow and make agreements with airlines on flight planning. Meanwhile, KLM is offering fewer tickets for flights from Schiphol until Sunday. The airline is taking the step to make room for rebookings.
2. The staff takes Booking.com to court
Booking.com has been sued by the Cooperation Council (OR) at its Amsterdam headquarters. It informs NRC. Staff changes in the ‘content agency’ department are the cause of the lawsuit. According to sources in the company, the case is mainly a symbolic step by the Amsterdam Cooperation Council, which has been in constant conflict with the US top management in recent years. The Amsterdam Cooperation Council believes that the company is not doing enough against the workload and says that it is structurally ill-informed about important decisions. The management sees the Cooperation Council as an activist group that does not think so much about and is mainly obstructive. The trial is set to take place next Thursday.
3. Flash Delivery Driver Getir fires thousands of delivery people worldwide
Getir will lay off about 14 percent of its total workforce worldwide. This corresponds to approximately 4,480 employees. This is stated in an internal letter to the staff owned by TechCrunch. Getir has since confirmed the news. In addition to the layoff round, the flash delivery person will also spend less money on discount campaigns and marketing. The company’s executives wrote in the letter that “rising inflation and the deteriorating macroeconomic outlook” are forcing global adjustment. In the Netherlands, about five thousand employees work for the company. The company tells de Volkskrant that the dismissal will have consequences for ‘a number of colleagues in the Dutch office’.
4. Inspection: Philips falls short in recalling apnea devices
Philips ‘significantly and structurally’ falls short of dealing with the recall of the apnea devices. After the inspections in the USA and France have already concluded this, the Dutch Health and Youth Inspectorate (IGJ) also draws that conclusion. It reports Nieuwsuur. Patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders should be better informed about device replacement. Last year, it was announced that the devices’ sound-absorbing foam could crumble and patients could inhale bites. Chemical gases can also be released. Philips expects the arrangement of new or repaired devices for affected customers to be 90 percent complete by the end of this year.
5. The U.S. Stock Exchange Watchdog fines Twitter for misuse of phone numbers
Twitter has been fined $ 150 million by the US watchdog FTC for abusing users’ phone numbers. Twitterers thought they were handing out data for security purposes, but the company abused them between 2014 and 2019 by using them for advertising purposes. In addition to the fine, the FTC wants to give Twitter a new injunction. For example, the company must no longer make money on shady data, users must have other security options than just phone numbers, and all users must be informed of the abuse. Twitter and the FTC have reconciled.
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Must read: Business travelers are looking for ways to avoid queuing at Schiphol
Not only holidaymakers are bothered by the crowds at Schiphol. Business travelers also encounter this. FD charts what business travelers do to avoid crowds. For example, they buy more expensive tickets or redirect to other airports. ‘Business travelers often use Privium, which gives you priority, or if they fly business class, they can go through the check faster,’ explains Diederik Banken, director of BCD Travel Benelux. According to Jan Latenstein van Voorst of business travel provider CWT, only a small percentage of business travelers benefit from this. What Latenstein sees is that some travelers are now opting for a more expensive ticket to still get priority check-in.
7. At the coffee machine: CPB: low tax on family business inheritance, unnecessary and inefficient
The tax benefit for people who inherit a business is not necessary for the survival of family businesses and favors relatively wealthy households, according to the Central Planning Bureau. Fewer than a few thousand a year make use of this tax benefit, but there is a lot of money involved, writes NRC. In 2017, the total tax benefit amounted to more than 400 million euros. Between 2010 and 2017, CPB examined all inheritances and gifts that made use of BOR. About three-quarters of the companies had sufficient ‘free resources to pay the full tax immediately’, writes CPB. For a quarter of the inheritances and gifts where there was not enough money to pay the tax, a payment scheme can easily be made with the tax authorities.
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