EUROPEAN CABIN CREW ASSOCIATION
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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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 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.
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".
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
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:
EurECCA asked to speak at CAPSCA conference to help establish robust protocols for dealing with contagious disease on board following successful presentation at ECAC workshop
EurECCA opposes current proposals to introduce staff ‘interoperability’ on commercial airlines as a cost-saving business model as this could pose significant risks to the safety and social and legal aspects of cabin crew were it to be implemented.
EurECCA celebrates is conception 5 years ago following the major betrayal on FTL today - Every cloud has a silver lining
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.
EurECCA supports EU Aviation Summit’s call for better social standards and clear rules for the industry to abide by
EurECCA, along with other key airline, pilots and cabin crew organisations, joins the EU’s Aviation’s Summit call for decent social conditions for airline staff throughout Europe.Working conditions for cabin crew are becoming increasingly grim, with the issuing of dodgy atypical contracts to keep costs down, becoming the norm. These 'creative' employment contracts have been made possible as a result of interpretations of legal gaps and grey areas in the EU and national legislation.