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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Interoperability is a term mainly used for software development, describing two or more systems of communication with each other by using the same standards without restrictions. How does this refer to airlines? Basically the idea is to share cockpit and cabin crews within an affiliated group of companies or within an international holding across states according demand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the annual meeting in May, the conference welcomed the representative
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.
The annual EurECCA- conference took place on the 16th of May at our founding member union SNPVAC in Lisbon, Portugal.
This conference focussed on the various developments within Ryanair and their decision to start talks with cabin crew unions. The members discussed the many different situations in the relevant countries and how the members unions adjusted their individual strategy in the discussions with Ryanair.
The European Commission is carrying out an ex-post evaluation of Regulation No 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community.
Regulation No 1008/2008 (‘Air Services Regulation’) is the basic legal act organising the EU internal aviation market. It consolidated and improved on various packages of measures which have established the EU internal aviation market as of 1987.
Since the appearance of commercial aviation the functions of Cabin Crew have been increased with many more functions and responsibilities, perhaps today the most visible function of a flight attendant may seem the attention of the passengers, such as accommodate people in their seats, help them with luggage or any other need when they have taken a seat, including the food and beverage service. However, the most important task of Cabin Crew is to be aware of the safety and security of all passengers.
Survey of cabin crew - Study on employment and working conditions of aircrews in the EU internal aviation market
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.