Representatives of TUEM met with the Director General on Tuesday evening (18 Feb 2014) to discuss the issues that lead to our call for industrial action.
Having carefully listened to the TUEM’s arguments, the Director General has decided to withdraw the entire proposal. In addition, he committed to a review of the consultation process with the aim of better aligning effort and outcome.
It should be clear that this narrowly averted crisis was the escalation of a number of experiences over the past year. At the same time, we remain convinced that the entire proposal opened a box of Pandora at the expense of the Staff.
In light of things to come, MUAC and its staff need stability to deliver growth and performance. As such, TUEM will remain extremely vigilant for any initiative that could undermine the ability of MUAC to serve our customers in the best and most efficient way.
We urge those considering unilateral and inadequate ‘improvements’ to carefully examine what has lead to this escalation and draw lessons to avoid similar confrontations in the future.
With the above in mind, the TUEM Executive Board withdraws the call for industrial action as published on 14 February 2014.
The TUEM Board wishes to explicitly thank its members for their massive support. At the same time, we would like to commend the entire MUAC Staff, members and non-members, for their professionalism and sereneness in which they prepared for this crisis.
Your TUEM EC
As you know, the TUEM AGM will be held on 13 FEBRUARY 2014, starting at 1900h in the usual venue: Hotel Van Der Valk in Urmond.
The agenda can be found here.
Given the current state of affairs of the social dialogue, the board will be seeking strong mandate from the membership for industrial action. If you cannot attend, please ensure that your voice is heard through a proxy.
The TUEM Executive Board would like to thank all the members, and non-members, who helped to make ATCEUC’s European Action Day a success. Despite the short notice and limited manoeuvring room, you can be sure that your voice has been heard.
The European Commission’s plans are tentatively scheduled for a plenary discussion in the European Parliament mid-March. In the mean time, our action has given the European Unions further leverage to lobby parliamentarians against the unrealistic plans of the Commission. Let’s hope they understand our message and that we’re not forced to call for stronger actions before the formal vote in Parliament…
As there are many challenges ahead of us: it’s important that all MUAC staff stand united against any initiative, internal and/or external to the Agency, which seeks to attack MUAC’s position as one of the best performing ATC Centres in the world or that undermines our stimulating and motivating social environment.
You’ve shown during this European Action Day that taking such a stand is not only possible, but that it can be done efficiently in a contained and professional manner. Well done!
Your TUEM EC
14,000 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS IN EUROPE
EXPECTED TO JOIN THE ACTION ON JANUARY 29TH
Today, Wednesday 29th January 2014, controllers and support staff all over Europe will protest against the European Commission and their approach to SES2+ and the so-called Reporting Period 2 (Budget and performance targets for 2015-2019). Our issues with these plans have been extensively highlighted in previous mails, on our website and Facebook pages and at an Extraordinary General Meeting last year.
Across Europe, a number of ATCEUC Unions will call on their members to strike, while others will instruct them to work according to the "FLIGHT PLAN ADHERENCE" principle.
In addition, a demonstration will be held in Brussels followed by a press conference and a meeting with members of the European Parliament to again illustrate our fundamental issues with the approach taken by the European Commission and Commissioner Siim Kallas. We strongly believe these plans are detrimental to the safety and service of European Air Traffic in the short, medium and long term.
For Maastricht UAC
TUEM advises its members to ensure aircraft strictly adhere to their filed flight plan route and level. Unless it's needed for separation and other safety related issues, deviations to route and level should be avoided as much as possible between 0900 and 1900 UTC (1000-2000 local).
As we expect that the European ATM network will be impacted by these actions in an unpredictable way and in order to protect sectors against unforeseen workloads, we advise our members not to accept any traffic that has not filed in our airspace, also between 0900-1900UTC.
If asked by crew and others why they get no DCT's or other questions, a possible reply can be "In support of the ATCEUC/European action day". Under no circumstances should individual controllers be tempted to make any statements to the press or in public for a (e.g. via internet), or engage in discussions (e.g. on the frequency).
Local MASUAC management is informed about the ATCEUC actions and TUEM's advise towards its members. They have taken note of these and expressed a “neutral position” towards them.
Your TUEM EC
JOINT STATEMENT FROM THE FOUR EUROCONTROL TRADE UNIONS
On January 22nd, the Director General sent an update on new grading structure and career mechanism for staff.
According to his message, the relationship between the management and the social partners is constructive, the package to be approved by the Members States will "restore careers perspectives" and "it is too important for staff to delay".
This statement is far from the facts and you are invited to remember the recent communications supported by ALL the representative trade unions.
Below, you will find a letter explaining to the Member States the main reasons why ALL trade unions are opposed to the global package.
If it is important for many of us to be eligible for promotion again, it also seems very important for the Principal Director Resources to legalise some recruitment and transfer abuses.
(By the way, an increase in the number of staff eligible for promotion does not imply any rise in the number of promotions, especially so in this time of crisis and supposed cost-cutting).
Once more, there is no obligation to link the opening of career brackets to other statutory modifications.
Read the full TUEM Flash Info
ON 23 JANUARY 2014, TUEM ANNOUNCED COMMENCING A TWO-WEEK COOL DOWN PERIOD TO THE DIRECTOR GENERAL. IF A CONSENSUS CANNOT BE REACHED WITHIN THESE TWO WEEKS, INDUSTRIAL ACTION BECOMES AN OPTION FOR THE TRADE UNIONS.
Last October, ATCEUC was given assurances that the European Commission (EC) was finally willing to discuss our views on the performance scheme, regarding the lack of real safety targets and the unrealistic cost efficiency targets.
With this in mind, all 28 unions members of ATCEUC decided unanimously to postpone the Action Day scheduled for the 10th of October 2013. By doing so, ATCEUC and the European ATCOs showed again their commitment to contribute to a reasonable proposal and gave a new opportunity to the EC to engage in an effective dialogue and to take due account of our concerns and proposals.
But just one day after our meeting with EC, and our previous rejection of the PRB proposal, already including over-ambitious targets, we came across with an EC's proposal even more unrealistic, clearly showing that the former declaration of good faith, in solving the things out through an open dialogue, was a big fraud.
ATCEUC has been calling for the EC to take our views on board and to redraft its proposal because the unrealistic cost reduction and the unreasonable traffic forecast will endanger the ANSP ability to continue the safe provision of air navigation services. At the same time, a clear description of the interdependencies and trade-offs between the four KPAs, as stated in the regulation, is still missing. Nevertheless, the EC continues to show a stubborn and arrogant attitude against staff representatives, ANSPs and also the Member States.
Thus, the outcome of the last SSC was not a surprise for ATCEUC. The EU Member States have rejected the proposed RP2 targets, even though the EC has attempted hopelessly to step back to the PRB proposal. However, as it had happened in Vilnius, during the informal ministers meeting, the EC was again isolated and no consensus was achieved, forcing to add a decisive ad hoc SSC meeting to the calendar, to be held on the 4th of February.
ATCEUC has no doubts that EC will continue to push forward with its attempt to smash costs without taking into account the interdependencies of the whole system.
Those who may think this was a clear blow to EC pretensions shall not forget the actual SES2+ package which, if approved, will give total powers the EC to set the performance targets without having the States obstructing or even influencing the process.
The SES2+ proposal will lead unequivocally to the worsening of labour and social conditions in the ATM industry and consequently putting the entire safety chain and service quality at risk. Both dossiers - the RP2 targets and the SES2+ package - are of great importance and bring high risks for the European ATCOs and ANSPs future.
ATCEUC has already issued its position:
- asking for a realistic and flexible approach, considering the actual economic depression in Europe;
- calling for the regulator to freeze the actual RP1 targets on costs and capacity;
- demanding that the EC takes due account of realistic traffic figures before setting cost targets;
- requesting for an assessment period, during the RP2, to evaluate and correct targets, if the assumptions on which they were defined are not being fulfilled;
- rejecting the approach made on Safety KPA, which does not measure how the system is performing on safety, ignoring the interdependencies and trade-offs between safety, costs, capacity and environment;
- asking to clearly identify the percentage of inefficiency of EU airspace attributed to ATM and to other actors; and
- suggesting a collaborative and comprehensive approach to motivate staff.
Although ATCEUC has repeatedly shown its commitment to a real discussion, the EC has continuously disregarded our opinion. This forces ATCEUC, once again, to stand firm by resuming ATCEUC Action Day!
On January 29th, ATCOs around Europe will demonstrate their disappointment regarding EC’s method, and their disagreement on the EC proposals for the RP2 targets and SES2+ package.
In cooperation with the FFPE-EUROCONTROL, TUEM has negotiated a "Guaranteed Income Insurance". Underwriter for this insurance is ETHIAS.
The policy grants subscribing members a daily income of 25€ during a period of maximum 180 days (i.e. 750€ per month for 6 months).
In first instance, this insurance is foreseen to ensure a replacement income for the colleagues working in
shifts and for whom long lasting sickness means a dramatic reduction in their monthly income. Every member may however subscribe in order to ensure a complement of ones income in case of serious illness in order to cover for the high medical expenses that do occur.
This allowance is paid after a severance period of 30 days and covers all cases of sickness bur for those pre-existing during the first year after the signature.
For 2014, the annual premium is €104, which needs to be transferred before 10 February 2014 to the TUEM bank account.
ABN AMRO nr 55.80.95.070
IBAN : NL45ABNA0558095070
BIC : ABNANL2A
For those interested in subscribing to this insurance, a registration form can be found here.
Alternatively, you can drop by the TUEM office for more info.
Update: access to our site from behind the 'great firewall of Eurocontrol' seems to be possible again. We'll keep a close eye on the situation.
To our surprise, access to the TUEM website is currently not possible from within Eurocontrol. The IT-powers-that-be have blacklisted our site without warning and for unclear reasons (to quote: Scam/Questionable/Illegal). Needless to say, the TUEM Board is extremely upset about this, as it not only violates the MoU between TUEM and Eurocontrol, but it is also a clear violation of our rights of union and free speech. TUEM has addressed this as a matter of urgency to the Director General and is seriously considering legal action against the Agency should this matter not be resolved over the next hours.
In the mean time, if you need to access the front page of our site from a computer within Eurocontrol, please try one of the following:
- http://22.214.171.124 (yes, they've just blocked the URL, not the IP address - duh!)
- http://www.eurocontrol.org (normally directs to the EGATS site, but until this is resolved, it points to tuem.org)
- use Google as a proxy: http://www.gmodules.com/ig/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tuem.org
Since 7 October 2013, the Director General is attempting to impose provisions aimed at reducing the salaries of staff and the pensions of former staff of the Agency completely disregarding the views of the Unions.
The majority of the Unions (3/4) have left the table at the last consultation refusing to participate to this unilateral info session and authoritarian decision making! The ‘Salary freeze’ has not been justified to Trade Unions! The Director General and the Principal Director of Resources have not even started to explain the reason of this proposed measure!
We are NOW demanding a proper answer!
We believe that there is no basis for this reduction of purchasing power, especially here at MUAC where staff has been already suffering over the last years. TUEM is very disappointed by this unacceptable behaviour. It is not the level of an international organisation to treat their staff and their representatives in such a way.
TUEM is fighting to defend your salaries, including a “Loss of income protection” scheme.
We are heading straight towards a new cool-down period; the second one within two months, a sad record in EUROCONTROL history!
We will keep you posted with the further developments and possible EGM date!
This same message in PDF format can be found here.
On 10OCT2013, TUEM and FFPE held a joint information session at MUAC on SES II+ and its expected impact on Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and MUAC in particular.
TUEM President Volker Dick opened the meeting. He gave an overview of recent events, which lead to the announcement of a European Action Day and its postponement. He stated that the main concern of ATCEUC and staff representatives with the European Commission's plans was and is the lack of attention to safety. No clear measurements or targets were defined and the focus appears to be entirely on saving money.