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Friday, October 14, 2016 Ulrich Østergaard Public articles (blog) 3711
The Board Members of the European Cockpit Association come from seven different countries, with different languages and different cultural backgrounds. But we have one thing in common: we are all seven active pilots, who fly aircraft all across Europe and the world. Maybe you have already been on board of one of our flights. Of course, we also have families & friends (even if we are not at home very often), and of course we want a bright future for our children and the children of our friends & family. So, when the time comes and one of these young enthusiastic people comes with a question: “Should I become a pilot?” – What do we say? “No” is the answer. And unfortunately this is the only possible answer today. The industry has changed dramatically and so did our profession. The fierce competition and the hunt for ever lower costs turned into a race to the bottom – doing more flights with less crew, flying longer hours, hiring pilots at a low cost (e.g. via 0-hours contracts) or no cost at all (e.g. Pay-to-Fly, P2F). Or pushing young pilots into (bogus) self-employment and potentially illegal agency contracts. The harsh reality for pilots had become visible already a few years ago. Today, it’s clear what the magnitude of the problem is. Every day we read stories like this one – Paul, graduated in 2011, had to take €58.000 loan for 1000 flight hours on top of his already existing €100.000 pilot student loan. Or like this one – anonymous pilot who paid for pilot training and type rating, only to end up working as a “self-employed” pilot for a low cost company with no sick & holiday pay, and only paid for the hours in the sky. Atypical employment forms – although not always legal – are still spreading rapidly. This has not gone unnoticed also in Brussels. A new report, recently adopted by the by the European Parliament (EP) , mentions explicitly some of these practices such as P2F, atypical employment, bogus self-employment, precarious working conditions and – crucially – the additional safety risks they bring along. Some European countries, however, do not support the Parliament's point of view. I recently heard a statement from a representative of Ireland, who claimed that the percentage of atypical employment in aviation is still lower than in other industries, and therefore there is “no need to worry”. I respectfully disagree. There is a need to worry. And these employment practices being on the “political table” today is a good sign. But we need a fix now. Otherwise soon no-one will be asking us the question whether to become a pilot. Because they will already know the answer: “Better not”. by Capt. Dirk Polloczek, ECA President
Friday, February 03, 2017 Ulrich Østergaard Public articles (blog) 3077
Pilotformand: Gustafsons udtalelse er en bombe under hele systemet I et interview med Berlingske forklarede SAS' topchef Rickard Gustafson, at fly fra de nye baser i mindre omfang kan blive brugt til at flyve andre ruter, der ikke nødvendigvis går til og fra den udenlandske base. »Det er en bombe under hele systemet,« siger dansk pilotformand. SAS' topchef Rickard Gustafsons udtalelser i et interview med Berlingske Businessvækker opsigt og forundring hos Dansk Pilotforening. I interviewet åbnede Gustafson døren for, at den håndfuld fly, der skal flyve mellem Skandinavien og SAS' to nye baser i Spanien og i London, også kan bruges til at flyve andre af SAS ruter - om end i et mindre omfang. Hovedproduktionen vil være at vende afgangene om og hovedsageligt flyve fra London og måske andre UK-baser til Skandinavien. Men for at kunne få fuld udnyttelse af flyet, så får vi måske også brug for at presse noget ekstra produktion ind – det behøver ikke nødvendigvis at betyde, at de skal flyve inden for Skandinavien eller indenrigs, men måske er der en rute midt på dagen ned til en anden europæisk destination. Men langt størstedelen vil blive brugt til at flyve mellem UK og Skandinavien,« lød det fra Rickard Gustafson. Netop denne udtalelse har fået Dansk Pilotforening til at spære øjnene op, for det er i deres øjne en glidebane mod en fremtid, hvor flere SAS-afgange opereres fra de to baser i Spanien og i London. »Det vil være en bombe under hele systemet. Hvis SAS bekræfter, at ruter i vores netværk kan flyves af det nye selskab, og det selskab har lavere omkostninger, hvorfor i alverden skulle man så ikke lade selskabet flyve alle vores ruter på sigt?« siger formand i Dansk Pilotforening, René Arpe. »Hvis man ansætter besætninger i et lavtlønsland med en helt anden social sikring, end der findes i det skandinaviske system, og lader disse besætninger flyve rundt med kunderne, er det et brud med den måde, som vi opererer på i SAS. Det betyder, at der bliver et helt uhørt pres på medarbejderne i virksomheden.« SAS meddelte tidligere i dag, at man vil åbne to baser i henholdsvis London og Spanien, som skal betjenes af fly, der er indregistrerede i Irland. Flyene begynder efter planen at flyve de nye ruter i vinteren 2017/2018. René Arpe, Formand Telefon: +45 32 50 53 22 Mobil: +45 41 77 41 74 E-mail: rene@dpf.info
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