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  • Brookfield – “Would you work for free?”

    Infamously known as a front for pay-to-fly with then-client Ryanair, as we explained back in 2015, flight crew leasing company Brookfield Aviation International is back at the forefront of our attention for all the wrong reasons again. There will NEVER be a better time… With the world that grinded to a grisly halt following the outbreak of the coronavirus and associated government responses across the globe, the aviation sector is scrambling to restructure in its wake, given indicators such as the global airline index are pointing towards valuations back to 2012 levels, or said otherwise, 8 years of growth erased…

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  • Atypical Employment Survey 2.0

    It seems like yesterday, when the 1st Atypical Employment Study was relayed, triggering awareness on modern day pilots’ working conditions. By ripple effect, contractors, self-employment, temporary agency workers and pay-to-fly became terms more widely known 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 ECA. The survey will run for 6 weeks (starting March 26th &…

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  • ECJ: “Stand-by time is working time”

    Two days ago February 21th 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) released its ruling 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. 1 August 1980, Mr Matzak entered service. 16 December 2009, initial judicial proceedings by Mr Matzak seeking financial compensation over his stand-by services. 14 September 2015,…

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