The European Social Agenda for aviation – promised since 2015 by the EU Commission – has not taken much form or shape yet
“It is time to take urgent steps to clarify the definition of Home Base for crew and to ensure pilots and cabin crew are covered by the local labour and social security law of the country where they are based,” says ECA President Dirk Polloczek. “It is time to explicitly prohibit bogus self-employment for air crew, to limit the systematic use of atypical employment – such as broker agency or zero-hour contracts – and to undertake legislative changes,” continues Dirk Polloczek. “The revision of the EU Air Services Regulation 1008/2008 will be a key opportunity to embed social protection within Europe’s legal framework in future, but we cannot wait until then. Action is needed – and possible – already now”.
European Transport Ministers urge the EU Commission to present concrete and effective 'Social Agenda' measures by end of 2018
“Only last week, EU Employment Commissioner Thyssen said that the Single Market is not a jungle and there are clear rules that govern it,” says ECA Secretary General Philip von Schöppenthau. “But what has been concretely done since the “Social Agenda for Transport” Conference in June 2015 – and the subsequent Aviation Strategy – where EU Commissioner Bulc committed to tackle the many social problems in our sector? Very little! And in the meantime, the most striking difference we see is that the list of misuses has become even longer and even more wide-spread.”
The call for action comes as several European Member States signed a Joint Declaration, urging the EU Commission to present concrete and effective measures by end of 2018. “The Social Agenda in Aviation – Towards Socially Responsible Connectivity” has been signed by the Ministers of Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. It draws attention to recurrent problems linked to the multiplication of operational bases, crew recruitment through agencies, bogus self-employment and other atypical forms of employment, warning against social dumping, rule-shopping, unfair practices and an unlevel playing field.
“It is promising and refreshing to see such a political message coming from Transport Ministers from across Europe,” says Philip von Schöppenthau. “It is a welcome and timely initiative that must serve as a wake-up call to the European Commission.”
Avec mes collègues européens @AndiScheuer @francois_bellot @fbausch @olebirkolesen @CvNieuwenhuizen nous appelons à un agenda social européen ambitieux dans l’#aviation. ✈️ 🇪🇺@VioletaBulc @norbertghofer https://t.co/uBOPEwFpI4 pic.twitter.com/2VGmnBxOOH— Elisabeth BORNE (@Elisabeth_Borne) October 2, 2018