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Today, Wednesday 12 June 2013, the ETF and its national affiliates express their disagreement with the new package on the Single European Sky (SES), called SES2+, adopted yesterday by the European Commission. ATM workers are taking different types of actions (strikes, gatherings, walk-outs,…) in 11 European countries.


They say “Enough is enough!” to the European Commission.
“NO!” to a Single European Sky that jeopardizes jobs in Europe.



ETF organises European Action Day on 12 June to demand a social dimension inside the Single European Sky.
ETF announced that ATM employees are mobilising for a European Action Day on 12 June 2013 to demand the establishment of a fair, cooperative and social Single European Sky (SES). ATCOs and the entire ATM staff will hold parallel walkouts, rallies, meetings and strikes across Europe calling on the European Commission to stop a never ending process of liberalisation, deregulation and cost cutting in the ATM industry. (more…)

ETF position on SES 2 +

ETF Position Paper on SES2+

Analysis of SES2+ identifies significant negative impact on workers.
Furthermore a lack of social dialogue, no real willing to implement the 5th pillar, a new institutional set up geared to increase liberalization; attacks against ancillary services are just some of the elements that clearly identifies the drive for the exclusion of social issues in a service, that by its very nature, is dependent on people. (more…)

ETF claims platform on SES

The EU attitude towards ATM sector and ATM workers is becoming unacceptable.
Despite the successful improvements on safety, capacity, delays, efficiency, cost-reduction and international cooperation registered during the last decade, the ATM sector continues to be described as unable to deliver the unrealistic targets fixed by the EC.
This criticism on the progress made by the ATM community is due to expectations based on these political targets more then on needs and real possibilities. (more…)

ETF has MANY concerns on the initial proposal for RP2 target setting

As expressed during the Public Workshop: EU-wide target setting for RP2 on Wednesday 6 February 2013, ETF has many concerns on the draft proposal.
Safety is still not at the same level of ambitious of the other KPAs.
Unrealistic targets based on political expectation will prevent to build a credible, reliable and realistic performance scheme. (more…)

ETF rejects European Commission’s unbalanced analysis on SES

The ETF deplores the EC’s unfortunate rhetoric as regards the implementation of SES. The EC only listens to the airlines’ concerns and ignores other involved stakeholders. The EC is attacking the ATM industry and ATM staffs are more and more critical against the EC’s business-driven approach which only favours the cost reduction without considering the negative effects on workers. The ETF calls the EC to understand safety as a top priority in Civil Aviation in favour of financial or business considerations. (more…)

CANSO-ETF advice for Performance Scheme in RP2

ETF and CANSO has jointly developed their position on the SES performance scheme regulation. (more…)

ETF position on the Revision of the SES 2 Performance Scheme for the RP2

The ETF aim is to promote a balanced and coherent approach to be sure that the decisions taken in the definition of the performance scheme and in the adoption of the targets will not put a risk in the system or go against the interests of all the ATM workers. (more…)

Venice Conference

ETF, ATCEUC & CANSO, the European Social Partners for the Air Traffic Management, have organized a Conference on “The role of the European Social Dialogue in the implementation of the Single European Sky”.
This conference, organized with the support of the EC, has been held on 16 and 17 November 2011 in Venice.

The Conference has been a great success, having involved more then 120 experts of the ATM sector (from management & workers' side) and high level speakers from European Commission and Eurocontrol.

Here you can find the Final Statement that include the Social Partners Action Plan and all the presentation used during the 2 days event. (more…)