Lan Express Workers go on strike at 00:00 hours on Thursday 9th April

  • 98.19% of Lan Express workers voted to strike, rejecting the almost zero wage increase offered by the largest airline in Latin America.
  • All areas related to maintenance, ramp and passenger assistance are likely to be affected and cause delays and flight cancellations across the country and international connections.
  • Latam Airlines has ongoing labour disputes which affect its operations and also its flights in Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.

In Chile workers voted to strike with record participation and a strong 98.19% vote as a sign of their indignation at what they described as a “shameful” offer by LATAM Airlines. The company’s proposal ignores the status of the workers and takes no responsibility for improving working conditions, instead preferring to keep a significant segment of the workforce below the poverty line. Прочети още

Ryanair pulls staff and planes out of Marseille in row over contracts

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Michael O’Leary closes maintenance hub after authorities rule staff must be employed on French, not Irish, contracts.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, the unflinching king of cost-cutting, may finally have met his match in the strictness of French employment law. The Irish low-cost airline will close its only French base in Marseille this week in the latest round of a bitter war with French authorities.

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EASA with temporary recommendation for airlines after Germanwings flight 4U9525 accident

EASA publishes today a  temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment at all times of the flight. Airlines should re-assess the safety and security risks associated with a flight crew leaving the cockpit due to operational or physiological needs. Прочети още

Court orders WizzAir to reinstate dismissed union leader

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) today welcomed the decision of Romania’s Ilfov court to order the reinstatement of an unfairly dismissed trade union leader. The court decided on 19 March 2015 that the dismissal of the president of Sindicatul Aerolimit (the cabin crew union at Wizz Air’s base in Bucharest) was illegal and the company has to reinstate him. In addition, Wizz Air is liable to pay compensation equal to his salary. Прочети още

ETUC declaration: Some low fares airlines undermine collective bargaining

During its Executive Committee meeting on 10-11 March 2015, ETUC adopted a Declaration in support of collective agreements and good working conditions in European aviation industry. The meeting was attended by Ekaterina Yordanova, president of FTTUB and vice-president of ETF and ETUC’s Women’s committee; Plamen Dimitrov, President of CITUB and member of the EC of ETUC; Eduardo Chagas, General Secretary of ETF and others, who unanimously supported the declaration.

When the ETUC Executive Committee convened for their meeting on March 10, pilots in the budget carrier Norwegian had been on strike for 11 days. Прочети още

Joint Statement of the European Aviation Sector Social Partners in the Air Crew Working Group on “Atypical employment.”

The Social Partners of the sectoral social dialogue committee for civil aviation read with great interest the study prepared by the University of Ghent on “Atypical employment in aviation”. The Conference held in Paris on the 12 & 13 February 2015 has given the Social Partners the possibility to discuss the findings of the study amongst themselves, with other stakeholders and with representatives of governments and the European Institutions.

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I AM DELTA: The final countdown begins

The ITF-affiliated International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed for a vote on representation last month with support from 60 percent of the workforce. The voting period is expected to begin in the next 4-6 weeks.

Delta is the largest anti-union airline in the US and in the global aviation industry with only its pilots and a handful of flight dispatchers belonging to a union.

The IAM Delta campaign aims to encourage flight attendants to ‘vote yes’ to unionization which will give them contracts and job security. Прочети още

ETF with a clear stand on the future of European aviation

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 9.48.07 AMAfter an intensive week of meetings and discussions, the Cabin Crew Committee of the ETF’s Civil Aviation Section announced its position on some vital issues related to the current and future state of European aviation.
There have been a number of proposals looking at the future of the Basic Regulation (216/2008) and EASA’s (European Aviation Safety Agency) remit. Shortly after the proposal for an amendment to this Regulation in the field of aerodromes, air traffic management and air navigation services (2013/0187 – COD), the European Commission and EASA launched two parallel consultations on the potential of further amendments to this Regulation.
The European Transport Worker’s Federation (ETF) is of the opinion that these consultations should not be used to withdraw the EASA part of the SES2+ initiative when the main issues with SES2+ (externalisation, application of market principles and forced structural separation between air navigation service providers and national authorities) remain untouched. Прочети още