Our members are working the upper airspace (above 24,500 feet) over the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and north-west Germany. With nearly two million flights in 2019, they are covering one of the busiest and most complex airspaces in the world.
The staff at Maastricht UAC maintains the highest standards in safety, expedition and cost-efficiency. In the interest of the public and the airlines, TUEM works hard to uphold and improve these standards.
Through a constructive dialogue with our management and stakeholders, we aim to strike a balance between the demands of an ever-growing industry and the essential protection of our members’ rights and working conditions.
Air Traffic Control (ATC) is a critical and highly complex safety infrastructure: It is about preventing collisions, organising and expediting the flow of all civil and military air traffic in a defined air space.
The key rule is “five miles, one thousand feet”. That means: All aircraft must maintain a distance of five miles horizontally and one thousand feet vertically at all times. This is controlled and ensured 24/7 by a complex system of highly trained Air Traffic Controllers, who communicate with the pilots from the operations room, radar communications and powerful IT-based ATC systems. To ensure reliable operation under all circumstances, the system has multiple built in redundancies – in terms of technical infrastructure as well as personnel planning.
Air Traffic Control as most important part of Air Traffic Management is also teamwork: Air Traffic Controllers, Flow Management, highly qualified engineers and IT-experts who develop, program and maintain our highly complex ATC-systems as well as numerous administrative and support staff – they all play a vital part for MUAC as an operation to do its job.
Our controlled airspace lies in the vicinity of major European airports such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, London and Paris. As such, it is one of the busiest Area Control Centers in the world. Nearly one in five European flights use MUAC’s airspace. Its customers include all major airlines, private aircraft and the military (over the Netherlands and Germany). In addition, MUAC develops and implements infrastructure and technology solutions for Air Traffic Management.
As TUEM we believe that a strong Union needs its members as much as the members need their Union. We believe in solidarity and professionalism. United we are able to safely control nearly 1.9 million flights a year in one of the most dense and complex airspaces in the world. United we are able to protect our working conditions while at the same time make sure that MUAC is able to provide top level services to its customers. Now and in the future.
If you are active staff working at MUAC, you can join TUEM now.
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Your membership contribution is determined by your EUROCONTROL grade. The contribution is quarterly:
O1-O3 & AST1-AST6: €40/quarter
AST7 and above, O4 and above, AD-grades: €65/quarter
During the first 5 years of your membership, you also need to contribute to the strike fund (€100/year, collected in June). This contribution is refundable when you retire from EUROCONTROL. It is not refundable when you leave the TUEM prior to your retirement for any reason.
By becoming a member, you agree to the TUEM Statutes.
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