Magazine article European Social Policy

Working Time / Aviation : Ep Report on Cabin Crew Rules Takes on Board Union Concerns

Magazine article European Social Policy

Working Time / Aviation : Ep Report on Cabin Crew Rules Takes on Board Union Concerns

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The idea of having an EU-wide licence for civil aviation cabin crew is not yet dead and buried. Much to the satisfaction of air transport workers' unions, it has been resurrected by the European Parliament's Transport Committee in the second-reading recommendation by German Socialist MEP Ulrich Stockmann, adopted on 1 June, and will now go toathe July plenary session in Strasbourg.

The Committee recommends that the European Commission look again into the possibility of introducing standardised EU certificates. The rapporteur says 'the course towards harmonisation of cabin crew training hitherto adopted should be maintained, in order to allow for mutual recognition of training qualifications throughout the Community'.

MEPs have obviously listened to the claims of transport unions, which have been fighting for some time for a European-wide system of certification for cabin crew, even if they were not entirely satisfied with the final result. The European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) was hoping Mr Stockmann's report would request the immediate implementation of a system of licences issued by member states instead of the system of certificates issued by the airlines themselves following cabin crew training that the Council of Ministers has opted for. The ETF, accompanied by national delegations of cabin crews, protested in Brussels on the day that the voting took place and presented Transport Committee Chairman Paolo Costa with a petition bearing 20,000 signatures. …

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