Air Georgian Limited has signed a pilot recruitment agreement with Ottawa Aviation Services (OAS). The agreement will provide a purpose for pilots working as flight instructors for the OAS, who will be hired by Air Georgian as the CRJ 100/200 First Officers. Wolfe wondered how a pilot would fit into the department`s culture after the end of the contract. Exelon employs 18 pilots and required a 24-month contract for initial and continuing training. But applicability is questionable when a company needs contracts for recurrent training that would keep a pilot permanently in debt. According to one study, it has become one of the most common types of atypical jobs (7 out of 10 of all self-employed pilots work for CFCs), according to a study. Yet “self-employment” among pilots – mainly – is a status that is used to mask what is in fact a regular job. It allows the airline to “transfer” social security contributions to the worker, to obtain maximum flexibility in the company, while minimizing its risks – for example. B the risks associated with fixed flight hours, illness, pregnancy or crew fatigue. For pilots, this means that their contracts can be terminated without notice and that flying hours can be retained. They receive less or no fixed wages, so they would rely on a higher or more exclusive use of wages and hours, which requires them to steal more hours to earn a living. In addition, there are often uncertainties about the labour law applicable to self-employed pilots, national social security rules and where taxes are to be paid. It is also not easy to challenge a labour dispute or challenge to their employment status before the Court of Justice, as they are aware of the jurisdiction for which they fall.
All of these airline manoeuvres are aimed at saving money and becoming more competitive with other airlines that do not use such self-reliance practices. This is possible because legislation on the status of the self-employed and labour law in general vary from country to country in Europe. In addition, very few countries conduct labour inspections with their airlines or actively prevent companies from misclassating worker status. This would be easy if national civil aviation authorities and labour inspections intensified their activities and cooperated at both the national and transnational levels. However, it is positive that the nature of this (false) working relationship has recently been called into question by a series of tax investigations as well as by labour inspections. Up to 6% of all pilots participated in on-the-fly payment systems, in which young pilots pay the airline for the privilege of gaining flying experience on their aircraft during regular-income flights. The survey shows that on-the-fly payment is more common in charter companies (12%) and low-cost airlines (8%), compared to 3% of pilots flying for traditional scheduled airlines. On the other hand, experienced pilots are less likely to dislike contracts because of their seniority and expected retirement benefits.
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