European Aviation Safety Agency

Aviation workers have unique on-the-job expertise and experience on aviation safety, and their contribution to rulemaking improves relevancy as well as implementation on air safety.

The ETF strategy is to be involved at the highest possible level within EASA to influence the opinion and outcome of stakeholders at the relevant EASA meetings so that the rules and regulations reflect the opinion of the ETF members. Our mission is to ensure that the rules and regulations are representative of our views protecting members’ safety and interests and to ensure these regulations are not driven by commercial interests.

The ETF has always been committed to working with EASA, and our representatives play an important role in the various EASA advisory bodies. The role of our representatives is to consolidate our networks and be pro-active ensuring the views of the ETF are taken into consideration.

The ETF was instrumental in the revision of the New EASA Basic Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 having a number of our recommendations included.

The ETF is currently working closely with EASA and Industry as a member of the Return to Normal Operation Task Force set up following the effects of COVID-19 on the aviation industry. ETF will continue working closely with EASA on safety concerns especially for when industry re-start operations and at what speed with the resources available.

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Investors divest from Wizz Air over its poor performance on labour rights

Danish pension fund Akademiker Pension announced today that they had sold their shares in the London-listed low-cost carrier Wizz Air, after the company failed to convince them that it was taking meaningful actions to address ongoing concerns about how it treats its workers.
Livia Spera, General Secretary of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), commented: “These investors called Wizz Air out for their poor performance back in October 2021, yet it took almost three months for the company to meet them to discuss why Wizz Air does not recognise unions.”

News
7 Feb 2022

European Trade Union Representatives support Decarbonisation of Aviation and call for Social Sustainability to underpin a just transition towards Carbon-Neutrality

The ETF, ETUC, EFFAT, UNI Europa, IndustriAll Europe and ECA welcome the Toulouse Declaration on future sustainability and decarbonisation in aviation, which was adopted on 4 February 2022 the Aviation Summit under the French presidency of the Council of the EU.
The resilience of air transport in the context of the health crisis, the reduction of the sector’s carbon footprint and the technological and social impact of these challenges were broadly debated during the two-day flagship event for aviation of the French Presidency.

Press Release
7 Feb 2022

SAS pilots are not disposable

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) stands in solidarity with SAS pilots and their unions and condemns actions being taken by SAS that worsen income and working condition for workers

News
25 Oct 2021

Solidarity Statement with EUROCONTROL workers

Air safety goes hand in hand with workers’ rights. EUROCONTROL workers face threats of worsening working conditions in what should be Europe’s air safety nerve center.

Statement
7 Oct 2021

Reports of “Management by fear” in EASA: Union activity is not the problem

As the representative body of all aviation workers in Europe we have seen first-hand the damage to workers and indeed to air safety caused by a “management of fear” which is attested to in a recent report. Therefore, we are deeply alarmed by the claims that this is potentially the style of management employed by EASA whose role is to protect air safety and promote just culture throughout the aviation industry.

Statement
9 Jun 2021