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On 21 June 2019, EurECCA presented itself, and its 35,000 affiliates from 35 airlines, to the European Commission's Sectoral Social Dialogue of Civil Aviation in Brussels.  The aim of the meeting was to explain who EurECCA is, our areas of expertise and the issues we face as cabin crew, with the aim of joining this institution and ensuring our interests are properly represented.

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Brussels, 28 April 2019 –EurECCA fully supports the recent study on aerotoxic syndrome published by the Association of Toxicology-Chemistry of Paris (Association Toxicologie-Chimie - http://www.atctoxicologie.fr/) in June 2018 and revised in March this year.

The study is an important first step in demonstrating the link between cabin air contamination and the health of crew and passengers; and therefore EurECCA aims to work closely with the academic world of medicine at European level on this important issue.

As far as EurECCA is concerned there are two options:

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Cabin crew unions, united in EurECCA, call on their national authorities, and on the European institutions, to recognise and re-label the profession of cabin crew as an arduous profession. Unions throughout Europe are demanding a lower retirement age, the recognition of the most common health issues as occupational diseases and the right to work in part time contracts.

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Press Release

Brussels, 6 March 2019 – EurECCA, the association representing European cabin crew, calls for stricter legislation in civil aviation following the release of a new EU Commission and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) study, ‘Effectiveness of Flight Time Limitations’. The study, based on real-life operations of 24 airlines involving almost 16,000 pilots and cabin crew, confirms several previous scientific assessments and shows that night flights and ‘disruptive schedules’ of air crew, currently permitted under the Flight Time Limitations (FTL) regulation, result in exceptionally high levels of fatigue, which have the potential of adversely affecting safety on board.

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EurECCA urges the EU Commission for more concrete action

Press Release

Brussels, 1 March 2019 – EurECCA, the association representing European cabin crew, while it welcomes the EU Commission’s new report unveiled today for the ‘Social Agenda’ for air transport, believes it falls short in several areas that need to be addressed in order to eliminate social abuse and anti-competitive practices in aviation and to achieve ‘socially responsible air transport’ in Europe.

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When R.A.C.U, the Greek union for Ryanair cabin crew in Greece was founded last year, no one could ever have imagined such impressive progress in such a short period! But they have made great steps forward for their members! On the 17th October last year Ryanair and its recruitment agency Crewlink recognized R.A.C.U as the cabin crew Union for Greece. They immediately started working to improve the current working conditions of their colleagues and began to negotiate a new Collective Labor Agreement (CLA). R.A.C.U representatives said "This also happened with the strong support of our European family EurECCA and its Union’s members, and we thank them for that".

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EurECCA welcomes the publication by EASA of the Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material relating to aircrew medical fitness with ED Decision 2018/012/R. This Decision accompanies Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1042 on mental fitness for air crew.
These new rules introduce the following requirements:

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It is with mixed emotion that EurECCA today celebrates the event five years ago which led to its creation and subsequent birth nine months later. On this very day in 2013, cabin crew throughout Europe bitterly learned that their 18 month fight for fair working conditions in terms of Flight Time Limitations (FTL) had been sabotaged by an European employees federation that should have protected them and should have been fighting to improve their rights.

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Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, received Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair to discuss the current dispute at the airline company on the application of labour law and the steps Ryanair is taking.
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For the third time this week EurECCA demands respect, integrity and fairness for Ryanair’s cabin crew and pilots. This third appeal comes after yesterday’s announcement to cut its Dublin-based fleet by 20% this winter, following through on a threat it made to stop its Irish pilots striking. This announcement comes at a time when cabin crew are striking in several European countries over concerns around safety issues and unfair working conditions.

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EurECCA urges Ryanair to put the safety first and avert the upcoming industrial action this week by entering into serious, honest and fruitful negotiations with the unions to address the many concerns around safety issues and unfair pay and conditions faced by pilots and cabin crew throughout Europe.

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EurECCA raises concerns that refusal to respect EU and national legislation may jeopardise passenger and crew safety on low cost airline
EurECCA is raising serious concerns that the refusal of one particular low cost airline to respect EU Flight Time Limitations (FLT) legislation could lead to risks in terms of passenger and crew safety. EurECCA is calling for the European Commission, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASE) and the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to investigate the budget airline’s non-compliance and to take appropriate action to address this issue.

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A Dutch court sentenced Ryanair to pay damages to a cabin crew member because she was fired for not showing up in Dublin after a forced change of her home base from Eindhoven in the Netherlands to Dublin. That is remarkable, because according to her Irish contract Ryanair could force her to move.

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EurECCA would like to express its full support for the industrial action by directly-employed pilots on Ryanair in Ireland. The 99% who voted in favour of industrial action in the ballot clearly indi-cate how important it is for employees to show management they no longer accept further delays in meaningful negotiations.

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cabin crew union R.A.C.U.

During the annual meeting in May, the conference welcomed the representative
of R.A.C.U..
R.A.C.U., founded only several months ago, is the only union organising Cabin Crew in Greece and EurECCA is happy to support the colleagues politically to organise themselves.

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Study on employment and working conditions of aircrews

The European Commission has appointed Ricardo Energy & Environment (ee.ricardo.com) to carry out a study to explore the employment and working conditions of aircrews in the European and international aviation market. The study aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the different forms of employment of aircrews, clarify the nature and extent of use of atypical forms of employment and their implications on working conditions.

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After a 91% successful three-day strike at the four portuguese Ryanair bases in Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Ponta Delgada, SNPVAC president Luciana Passo urges the Ryanair management to respect basic european principles.

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EurECCA, the European Cabin Crew Association, declares its full solidarity with its member union SNPVAC from Portugal for the upcoming action within Ryanair. This action is the result of Ryanair’s persisting position on ignoring the national cabin crews’ fundamental rights and guarantees.

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Today EurECCA, the European Cabin Crew Association, declares its full solidarity with its member union SNPVAC from Portugal for the upcoming action within Ryanair.

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We at EurECCA support our national member unions to strengthen the staff at Ryanair. The European Cabin Crew Association EurECCA is an European organisation based in Belgium at the heart of Europe. It is made up of cabin crew unions from European Union Member States as well as accession states and bordering states.

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The “Assises du Transport Aérien” 2018 will take place very soon in Paris. These “Assises du Transport Aérien” are more than just a regular aviation conference. It is a unique platform where governments, airlines and stakeholders exchange ideas about the aviation sector on a social, economic level. There are also talks and debates about innovation in the sector, service to passengers and performance in the field of the environment.

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