Stop jeopardising jobs in European Sky

January 27, 2014

ETF demands a social dimension inside the Single European Sky in its second European Action Day on 30 January 2014

Following the call of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), Air Traffic  Controllers (ATCOs) and the entire Air Traffic Management (ATM) employees are  mobilising for a new European Action Day on 30 January 2014 to demand the  establishment of a fair, cooperative and social Single European Sky (SES). They will  hold parallel walkouts, rallies, meetings and strikes across Europe calling on the  European Parliament to stop a never ending process of liberalisation and cost  cutting in the ATM industry. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech  Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and UK are participating in  the Action Day.

On 30 January 2014, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN) will vote on  the package called SES2+ based on market principles, top-down approach and cost reductions,  which would jeopardize safety and the number and quality of jobs.
François Ballestero, ETF Political Secretary states: “The ATCOs and the entire ATM staff are  suffering from a performance scheme dominated by a continuing cost reduction and in which  safety is not considered to be the first priority. We refuse cuts in staff. The Commission intends  to unbundle support services, which are sometimes the core of the industry. ETF rejects this
approach, which doesn’t take into account the integrated public service role of the ATM sector. ETF calls the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament to stop dogmatic liberalisation of  the ATM industry”.

“If we oppose a unique model of Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs), it is because we believe  the FABs must be based on strong cooperation and a bottom-up approach”, says Riccardo Rubini, Chair of the ETF ATM Committee. “We also ask the TRAN Committee to make the  ‘human factor pillar’ binding in the future legislation. We are in favour of a SES that respects the jobs, the working conditions and the existing collective agreements. The ETF calls all ATM  workers in Europe to join the Action Day on 30 January 2014”.

For further information, please contact François Ballestero, ETF Political Secretary,

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