EUROPEAN CABIN CREW ASSOCIATION
EurECCA's first steps towards joining European Commission's Sectoral Social Dialogue of Civil Aviation
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.
At this moment EurECCA represents more than 35.000 cabin crew affiliated to 9 European unions in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and Ireland. As we represent 70% of all organised cabin crew in Europe, we are a representative stakeholder at all tables that concern themselves with cabin and passenger safety, cabin crew health and cabin crew working time limitations and social aspects.
We are rooted in the airline industry, not politically aligned, independent and the experts on cabin crew matters. EurECCA welcomes cabin crew unions from all over Europe, who share the vision of a democratic, solidary and prosperous Europe, to work together on these matters on a European level.
We are legally based in Belgium with an office in Brussels.
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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:
EurECCA supports growing campaign to reduce cabin crew’s exposure to the physical and mental strains of their profession
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.
The freedoms of the air are a set of commercial aviation rights granting a country’s airline the privilege to enter and land in another country’s airspace, formulated as a result of disagreements over the extent of aviation liberalization in the Convention on International Civil Aviation of 1944, known as the Chicago Convention.
Brussels, 19 March 2019 – EurECCA expresses its concerns over the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (CATA) reached between the EU and Qatar after two and a half years of negotiations. The agreement, which provides increased access to each other’s markets, is in line with the EU’s quest for further liberalisation in aviation and its ambition to reach agreements with other 3rd countries in order to increase commercial opportunities for the European civil aviation sector.
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.
EurECCA wishes to review the latest scientific evidence regarding the relationships between working conditions and health. This report analyses the long-term effects of a number of risk factors, with a focus on cabin crews' specific risk factors and work conditions.
EurECCA urges the EU Commission for more concrete action
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.
All flight attendants count
At the core of EurECCA´s values is the single cabin crew member and its promotion. All we do, we do with a clear focus on the improvement of the living and working conditions of cabin crew in Europe. Through its independence and its open, inclusive policy, EurECCA gives a voice to those interests of cabin crew which are not heard in the European policy making process and politics in general. EurECCA gives these people and their interests a voice because every single cabin crew member counts.
EurECCA has been founded to articulate and develop the interest of affiliated national cabin crew unions on the European level. Therefore EurECCA tries to reduce the gap between independent unions in the EU and decision makers and policymakers in Brussels. As the European Union policy has become more important than nations policy, EurECCA is essential to influence European politics beyond national boundaries. By always respecting the different national frames and challenges in the respective countries, EurECCA connects between national and European policy by exchanging information and different experiences.
Furthermore EurECCA connects cabin crews already represented and those working under unfair conditions in numerous European countries.
EurECCA policy areas
EurECCA concentrates on different policies such as Flight Time Limitation (FTL), European cabin crew license, working contracts as well as occupational health and safety matters.
EurECCA also offers a platform for exchanging information and for coordinating transnational tasks on working and pay conditions.
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".
You can find EurECCA partner unions in following airlines:
(in alphabetical order)
- Aer Arann Islands
- Aer Lingus
- Aigle Azur
- Air Austral
- Air Calédonie
- Air Caraïbes
- Air Corsica
- Air Dolomiti
- Air France
- Air Italy
- Air Méditerranée
- Air Saint-Pierre
- Air Tahiti
- Air Tahiti Nui
- ASL Airlines
- Chalair Aviation
- Europe Airpost
- French Bee
- Iberia Express
- KLM Cityhopper
- La Compagnie
- Lufthansa CityLine
- Small Planet Airlines
- Sun Express
- TAP Portugal
- TUI Fly
- XL Airways France