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undermined. The European Commission
should be asking questions to the European
employment relationship. In one case used to Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as to the
n IFALPA delegation recently attended a illustrate this point, pilots were required to effects of changing away from direct
Atwo-day conference on Atypical create a sham company in Singapore, which employment of licenced personnel on safety
Employment in Aviation on February 12 and had them serve as its only employee leased via margins. The conference attendees were told
13 . Funded by the European Commission, the another agency to the airline – who had sole that reporting cultures, safety decision making
conference was organized by the European rights to their labour. Although they flew out and safety culture were all undermined by the
Cockpit Association (ECA), with the participa- of a European airport, they were officially lack of direct employment. The State also lost
tion of the University of Ghent from Belgium, based in Thailand. Many safety concerns were significant revenue with the avoidance of tax
the Association of European Airlines (AEA), raised as being directly related to this form of and social security payments.
and the European Transport Workers’ “fiscal and social engineering” by representa-
Federation (ETF). The purpose of the tives from the industry at the conference. As a For Regulators, Civil Aviation Authorities
conference was to discuss the main findings of result, the attendees proposed some actions to There are at least two additional events/
the atypical employment model study be undertaken; and IFALPA analyzes them: inquiries in the upcoming months that will
conducted by the University of Ghent. address the implications of the “atypical
Numerous issues were raised at the For the European Commission/European employment” model. The first of these is an
conference: Bogus self-employed pilots suffer Institutions examination of the “safety implications of new
from segregation, as they are considered a The European model was heavily supported. A business models in aviation”, which is being
different category of pilots even within a single mature cooperation and negotiation between conducted by the EASA via a working group.
airline, which results in different treatment social partners at Company, National and That working group expects to issue a working
than their peers; and there is no direct regional levels, all need to be strengthened, not paper by the end of April of this year for review
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