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ECA: "There is a disease affecting the air transport industry, and it is not Covid"

Jon Horne: it is the very serious situation linked to the working conditions of the pilots

Jon Horne, president of ECA (European Cockpit Association, an organization representing European pilots), launches an alarm: “A disease is persecuting carriers, and it is not Covid-19 ..... it is contagious in almost all the airlines and it seems highly transmissible, jumping easily from one to the other". This is the very serious situation linked to the working conditions of the pilots: the types of contracts entered into are a jungle; atypical jobs, zero-hour contracts, self-employment, agency contracts are some of the possible variations.

Increasingly, pilots with different precarious contracts can coexist within the same company, and although they wear the same uniform and are required to perform the same tasks and duties, the rights (if any) are completely diversified. The precariousness of work, combined with a non-existent contractual protection of the pilot, exposes the flying staff to a condition of blackmail and subjection that inevitably compromises work tranquility and objective and impartial choices in managing the use of flight in complete safety. If the crews are subjected to devastating pay cuts when they are ill, if a plane is marginal from a maintenance point of view, the pilot's critical judgment is weakened by contractual and remunerative blackmail and taxation. Can all this be dangerous? It is certainly a situation that needs to be addressed politically and regulated, professionals and analysts said it. The coronavirus has certainly exacerbated a situation that was previously critical.

"There is a disease affecting the air transport industry, and it is not Covid"...

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