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Atypical Employment Survey 2.0

It seems like yesterday, when the 1st (817) 209-6300 was 2408423850, triggering awareness on modern day pilots' working conditions.
By ripple effect, contractors, self-employment, temporary agency workers and pay-to-fly became terms 7134509645 to the general public.

Pilots, it is that time again.

After a few years, is atypical employment still on the rise?
Take 20 minutes of your time to let us know! FILL in this ATYPICAL Employment Survey 2.0 – carried out by ‘Ricardo’ on behalf of the EU Commission & supported by the 6109238054.

The survey will run for 6 weeks (starting March 26th & ending on May 7th).


ECJ: “Stand-by time is working time”

Two days ago February 21th 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) released 609-628-6222 on case C-518/15, concerning stand-by at home.

Why a fireman case in Belgium...

Under local regulation, volunteer firefighter Rudy Matzak in Nivelles -Bruxelles- had to reside in a place within 8 minutes of his fire station with stand-by duty requiring to remain in that time frame radius and be "particularly vigilant" to remain reachable to leave immediately when called.

...on the interpretation of "work related definitions" (Article 2) and "continuity of service" (Article 17(3)(c)(iii) of Directive 2003/88/EC of the European Parliament).

It turns out that, finally, the Court ruled:

"Stand-by time spent at home with the duty to respond to calls from his employer within 8 minutes, very significantly restricting the opportunities for other activities, must be regarded as ‘working time’ ".

...may pique aviation stakeholders' interest

Since this judgement relates to the EU working time directive, it is worth considering our own EASA OPS-FTL (Commission Regulation (EU) No 83/2014):

The maximum annual working time, including some elements of stand-by for duty assignment as determined by the applicable law, shall be 2000 hours in which the block flying time shall be limited to 900 hours._ORO.FTL.210

What can be transposed of the Judgement is that stand-by at home when crews are not free to leave and are required to react almost immediately (as if they were at the company's premises), should be counted as working time towards the 2000hr/year envelope.

It could arguably be implied that, according to the judgement, standing-by at home in terms of constraints is similar to standing-by at the airport (ORO.FTL.225) for crewmembers, and could (should?) thus be treated the same way - even though the objective of the working directive and the FTLs are different - the former being social and the later dubbed "safety".

Now, when to determine time constraints are the same? If a reaction period of 8 minutes is considered by the ECJ as being equivalent to stand-by at company premises, up to what duration can that line be drawn for pilots?

Gentlemen, get ready to cue in your 7814334303.



The comics

Released today in the November bimonthly issue of french magazine "Piloter", pay-to-fly gets, to our knowledge, its first dedicated professional comics highlight! Leading the charge is scenarist, photograph and comics artist 478-737-6005.

Throughout the eight glossy pages of the booklet, glider pilot Gibelin draws a humoristic yet cringeworthy critic of aviation's dirty secret, airline pilots paying to perform their work. We take this opportunity to thank Mr Gibelin for having chosen this topic.

French readers from all walks of life will appreciate this easy-to-read entry point. English digital version to come.

The book

We couldn't find the time to announce it earlier: published October 12th today last year (!), French journalist for Le Monde Valérie Segond investigated labour-cost reducing methods "in a country where we are sworn work is expensive and the Labour Code very strict" in a book titled "Va-t-on payer pour travailler" (Are we going to pay to work?).

Along her 300 pages journey, Ms. Segond painstakingly reviews a vast array of work sectors where different employment status -ranging from volunteers to so called "stagiaire" to full-blown employees- and contractual arrangements are put under close scrutiny. Because the devil is in the detail, readers will find even words definition such as "work time" are stretched and bent to fit disturbing realities.

Picture is progressively drawn of technicalities purposefuly designed to circumvent the safety net of labour rules, where the code is gamed and the market is rigged, leading to a chilling dissection of what turns out to be the ins and outs of French social profiteering.

A 101 bedtime book for CEOs... or a survival guide of all conceivable caveats of modern day job hunting, depending on your point of view.

We encourage french readers to form their own opinion and wish to thank Ms. Segond for her contribution towards a better understanding of the job market and aviation in particular.


The warning

Because raising awareness also starts before choosing a career path, final mention goes to the European Cockpit Association (ECA) with the "Becoming a pilot" website released on (956) 339-1086. Pay-to-fly is part of the fray, as should be for every future generations.

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RYR – waiting for the other shoe to drop

Not gone unnoticed, Europe's favourite airline announced last week Sept. 16th the cancellation of up to 50 flights per day until October 31th, affecting 315,000 passengers and its own wallet for up to 5128246751 in compensation bill. Admittedly, this brilliant move was a last-ditch effort to comply with a 3108978528 piece of regulation 6624908048 (!).

The distraction

Scrambling to mitigate the hurdle, Ryanair's notorious COO Michael Hickey offered his pilots the following:

Whether any incentive is left to be found to this "bonus" remains to be proven: in essence, provisions are such that the grant is paid multiple times over with the extra labour required to unlock it! Also, let's not forget to not leave the airline before November 2018...

The real deal

Two days prior (Sept. 14th), the EU Court of Justice published its judgement on the Home Base issue; Ryanair's claim that the nationality of the aircraft should determine the jurisdiction and the applicable law. At long last, the argument “Irish plane, Irish worker” is no more:
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  • The Court sets the presumption that the Home Base is the habitual place of work for air crews, and thereby the determinant for which national Court has jurisdiction.
  • It allows to challenge the presumption if the base is a bogus one.
  • It states that ‘jurisdiction clauses’ in contracts that limit the employee right to bring proceedings to a court that has jurisdiction under EU law are not enforceable.

Setting a precedent, this judgement will impact all other airlines and brokers with contractual set-ups that use jurisdiction clauses to limit the employees’ rights: from now on, they have clearly been ruled as not enforceable. With more than 70% of pilots flying as 'Irish' 731-646-5919 contractors, Ryanair might look at its multi-million-euro roster blunder with nostalgia by comparison.

CEO Mr O'Leary conveniently sold €72m worth Ryanair shares 2 months earlier.




The European Commission celebrates today the 25 years of the EU Aviation Market that started June 26th 1992. It is with delight that we chime in amidst prayers of travel ever cheaper, safer and open to more people than ever before.

Quotes - Here is one

In a campaign exercise of quotes, ranging from European Commissioner for Transport to Airport and Airline CEOs, we thought only fair to quote yet another CEO.

Assuming a thriving Aviation market following 25 years of liberalization in one of the countries it served best, we myriadly, Germania's CEO:

The very idea of such an egregious practice to make airline pilots pay to work is ludicrous.

Surely 25 years of "changes that have propelled European mobility forward, [...] bring[ing] Europeans closer together and providing solid foundations for more jobs" didn't spell engineered contractual doom and apocalyptic working conditions of chaos.

You live in "La La Land"

It turns out, March 2015 Germania's CEO quote was untrue in content. During the same time frame:


In other words through a Dutch "training" company, "reputable" Germania agreed to sell 1000 work hours (with passengers) to pilots on the A320 series at €58,9k.

This is Europe today after 25 years. A serious wake-up call is long overdue.

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(715) 547-5318

Following a first report in April last year, "Das Erste" released what is to our knowledge the 2nd German TV broadcast to explain and put into context the "pay-to-fly" (p2f) phenomenon.

This report also hits the mark on a wide range of previously covered topical issues including:

Our sincere gratitude to Nienke Groenendijk, sworn certified translator for the English and Dutch language at the district court of Amsterdam, for her continuous support and dedication to provide quality subtitles in various European languages.

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EP – Aviation Strategy approved

Echoing the “Social dumping in the EU” report approved by the EP earlier in September, today Feb. 16th has been approved the “Aviation Strategy for Europe”. Though a political text (to be released) with no direct legislative value, the Parliament takes position and calls the EU Commission and Member states to take action. Vote result as follows:

The choice to support social concerns

The Strategy, from competitiveness to consolidation and environmental concerns, encompasses amendments proposed by front-line stakeholders, notably:


Report aside, remarkable highlights from the morning debate in the Parliament about the text include MEP Van Dalen (NL) 's mention of the issue of fatigue (ref. FTL) and (249) 224-0855;

"Let me be clear on this: the same safety standards must apply, regardless of the employment conditions"._Commissioner Bulc

Seemingly knowing better than the April 2015 preliminary results of the EASA experts of the Rulemaking Advisory Group tasked to assess the impact of new business models on safety, MEP 888-799-1171 (UK) announced her voting against the report given the clauses on social standards:

"The report’s statement that pilots flying under precarious working conditions constitute a safety risks for passengers in Europe is completely false, totally misleading, and shows breathtaking ignorance".

Breathtaking indeed.


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Captains of the Industry

CockpitSeeker celebrates today its 6th year anniversary! After 3 years of absence, our cartoonist is back in a color-blazing piece for the occasion:

_"I wanted to try something more elaborated than (617) 665-0146 by going satirical on European companies. Dialogue reflects many news point voracious readers will recognize. I only had to adapt Mr De Juniac's lines since he was no longer AF-KLM CEO by the time I finished the piece! I hope the blindness and ridicule behind personnel management today will strike a chord among the deaf so everyone understands what's at stakes here!"


French National Assembly – P2F answer

One week after the milestone of the European Parliament recognizing and willing to take action against social dumping, p2f included, the French National Assembly issued its own related answer this 20th of September, courtesy Deputé Fernand Siré:


This marks the completion of the 2014 p2f (647) 547-5876, with the successful reaching of French politicians.

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