EU sources -Atypical contracts in aviation are dangerous -May 18, 2015

Pilots working as either freelancers or under zero-hour contracts with little or no sick leave, create an unsafe situation for the flying public.

A report by the Ghent University concludes that pilots working as either freelancers or under zero-hour contracts create an unsafe situation for the flying public. The report outlines that in many situations, pilots receive little or no sick leave, making many pilots reluctant to take necessary rest. It notes how young pilots are often forced to pay up front in order to fly enough hours to maintain their licenses. Pilots receive nothing if they do not fly, even in cases of schedule changes and cancellation. Under some of the used pilot contracts, a pilot is essentially in debt to his airline and is reimbursed per flight. Worst of all is the situation of pilots entering the labour market. Social legislation is not able to tackle these problems, leaving room for artificial subcontracting chains and social as well as fiscal ‘engineering’. This race to the bottom leads to a distortion of competition, erosion of workers’ rights and serious question marks in the field of safety and liability.

English: https://www.eurocockpit.be/sites/default/files/report_atypical_employment_in_aviation ...

http://www.nltimes.nl/2015/05/18/meps-freelance-zero-hour-airline-pilot-contracts-dangerous/   

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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