Showing posts with label IFALPA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IFALPA. Show all posts

12 May, 2024

IFALPA, The Global Voice of Pilots, Opens Conference in Mexico City

The 78th Conference of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) opened on Friday, in Mexico City. Hosted by IFALPA and ASPA de Mรฉxico, the Conference brings together the IFALPA Executive Board and hundreds of pilot leaders representing their national Member Associations from all regions of the world to deliberate on crucial decisions for the Federation and present key activities and campaigns.

Invited to provide a State of the industry, Mr. Christopher Barks, ICAO Regional Director North American, Central American, and Caribbean discussed the history and 80th anniversary of ICAO, problems and issues around the introduction of the concepts of Reduced Crew Operations, (RCO), and Single Pilot Operations (SiPO), new challenges of integration of new UAS+ technologies and stakeholders into shared airspace, and meteorological issues and turbulence in the context of climate change.

Highlighting the importance of IFALPA’s strategic partnerships in the world of work, Gilbert F. Houngbo, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) addressed the opening plenary underscoring the unprecedented challenges faced by the aviation sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic and highlighting the need for sustainable and just recovery policies. Emphasizing the importance of collaboration between the ILO and ICAO to ensure a green and inclusive future for aviation, Houngbo closed with hopeful words; “I would like to welcome you onboard as we aim to cruise at the higher altitude to attain a better social justice for all."

21 November, 2022

LATAM Airlines Flight 2213 pilots arrested following crash

Authorities in Peru are under pressure following news that The flight crew of LATAM 2213 were also placed under arrest and held in custody in Lima up until last night. 

The  International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations - IFALPA issued a statement condemning the detention. "The Federation considers this situation unacceptable. Holding individuals in custody who are already under intense psychological pressure due to an accident is extremely detrimental to flight safety and can only hinder the investigation. Further, it shows a complete disregard for the Positive Safety Culture principles laid out by Annexes 13 (Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation) and 19 (Safety Management) to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. It may also lead the public to conclude that the accident resulted from the flight crew’s intentional acts, rather than technical issues or a string of errors originating from multiple factors."

In any similar circumstances, the flight crew should be provided immediate medical care and evaluation. In no circumstances is it appropriate to question them in the immediate aftermath of any accident or incident until they have been professionally evaluated by qualified medical personnel who can determine their mental and physical fitness to contribute accurate information to investigators.

The IFALPA also said that only an extensive, complete accident investigation conducted in accordance with ICAO Annex 13 will provide the recommendations required to advance aviation safety and prevent reoccurrence.  IFALPA, therefore, urges the Republic of Peru to adhere to and fully implement ICAO's positive safety culture principles, especially in the wake of such a tragic accident.







31 May, 2022

IFALPA Conference Statement: Global Pilots on Deteriorating Labour Conditions in Paraguay


The 76th Conference of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) in Singapore would like to draw the attention to the deteriorating labour situation affecting our colleagues of SAT Paraguay (Sindicato de Aeronavegantes de TAM) flying for LATAM Paraguay Airlines. The IFALPA Conference calls on the State of Paraguay and LATAM Airlines to respect pilots’ rights to free speech, their right to organize and the right to bargain collectively.

The Paraguayan government has ratified ILO Conventions 87 and 98: the Freedom of Association and the Right to Organize Convention and the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention, respectively. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Association, to form unions and engage in collective bargaining are guaranteed under these conventions. The Paraguayan Government is expected to follow these Conventions.

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations represents more than 100,000 pilots in nearly 100 countries. The mission of IFALPA is to promote the highest level of aviation safety worldwide and to be the global advocate of the piloting profession, providing representation, services, and support to both our members and the aviation industry.

This repressive labour environment coincides with a negative trend in positive safety culture. Active pilot participation within a positive safety culture which respects open reporting of safety issues without fear of punitive measures has been identified as key to continuous safety improvements and effective safety risk management.

The IFALPA Conference calls on all airlines and the States in which they operate to respect the rights of pilots to free speech, to organize, and to bargain collectively. We insist that LATAM Paraguay immediately cease their campaign of intimidation against their pilots who simply want to exercise their right to free speech and freedom of association.




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30 May, 2022

IFALPA Conference Statement: Global Pilots on Deteriorating Labour Conditions in the Asian Region

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), the Global Voice of Pilots, held its 76th Conference in Singapore this week.

The Federation would like to draw global attention to deteriorating labour standards affecting pilots in many parts of Asia. Most States in the region have ratified International Labour Organization (ILO) fundamental Conventions 87 and 98: the Freedom of Association and the Right to Organize Convention, and the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining Convention, respectively. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Association, to form unions and engage in collective bargaining are guaranteed under these conventions.

The management of several national carriers and private airlines, generally supported by their States, continue to deny these basic rights through intimidation, threats, and unlawful dismissals of pilots and pilot union leaders. The eroding of the labour rights of pilots is a troubling tendency in the aviation industry worldwide.

This repressive labour environment coincides with a negative trend in positive safety culture. Active pilot participation within a healthy safety culture which respects open reporting of safety issues without fear of punitive measures has been identified as key to continuous safety improvements and effective safety risk management.

The IFALPA Conference calls on all airlines and the States in which they operate to respect the rights of pilots to free speech, to organize, and to bargain collectively. We insist upon the immediate reinstatement of all pilots and pilot leaders who have been unjustly terminated for exercising these rights.





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14 April, 2021

IFALPA Calls on Albania to Adhere to International Regulations and Free Three Air Traffic Controllers


The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) is extremely concerned with the latest developments of the situation involving Air Traffic Controllers in Albania.

The International Convention on Civil Aviation prohibits an air traffic controller from exercising the privileges of their licences and related ratings at any time when they are aware of any decrease in their medical fitness which might render them unable to safely and correctly perform these privileges. It is considered unsafe to have a person perform air traffic control that is physically or mentally impaired in any way, or unqualified and untrained for the position.

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