For the industry to thrive, we need not only the pandemic to be over but a long-term vision, which corrects the pre-existing social flaws.
To address the aviation industry’s problems, Ministers call for better coordination between European and National transport and social authorities, and urge for more legal certainty and effective enforcement of European and national rules. They also highlight the need to address the social dimension with the upcoming revision of the EU Air Services Regulation (Reg. 1008/2008).
“Airlines and their employees can only compete on the market and recover from the crisis if this market is free from social engineering, regulatory forum shopping, and precarious atypical employment set-ups”, says Philip von Schöppenthau, ECA Secretary General. “We hope this Declaration will find broad and firm support both in Brussels and across Europe, and we urge decision-makers to make sure it is not the socially unscrupulous airlines that will come out of the crisis as the winners.”
ECA is the representative body of over 40,000 pilots from across Europe, striving for the highest levels of aviation safety and fostering social rights and quality employment for pilots in Europe.
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