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Old 7th Jan 2002, 22:02
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There is a nasty rumour doing the rounds to the effect that British European have hired a bunch of Aussie pilots,and paid for their licence conversion. Since there are significant numbers of British pilots out of work at the moment and BALPA are very quiet on the matter,would anyone care to comment?
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Old 7th Jan 2002, 22:14
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I and about 150 other 146 type rated and experience pilots would be slightly put out. All of us are available immeadiatly!!!!!
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Old 7th Jan 2002, 22:21
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Quite a few ex-Gill people would have their noses put out of joint, as well! I have tried to contact BALPA this afternoon to ask about it, but their office seems to shut after gentlemen's hours...

Anyone from BE around who can shed some light? Where's Raw Data when you want him?

Thanks, BIK - are you saying that they have NOT taken on any Australians? And what does it cost to rate someone on a Dash8 as opposed to converting a foreign licence?

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Old 7th Jan 2002, 23:01
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BIK, if these are not 146 or Dash 8 positions,
do you know what aircraft type they are on then?
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Old 7th Jan 2002, 23:47
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I have no idea why Hugmonster feels that ex-Gill employees should have first dibs on any jobs at BE.

Also, anyone who knows anything about contract work will know that it is considerable cheaper to take contract pilots than it is to type-rate new crews for a short-term requirement.

These positions are on the CRJ, and are temporary- as many will know, the intention is to dispose of the CRJ fleet. This may well change, as there are new opportunities appearing for the fleet, but at the moment any new pilots hired onto the CRJ fleet would face redundancy within a year or two (or less).

My understanding is that most, if not all, of those hired are ex-Kendall (ie Aussies), but that isn't definitive.

As others have said, anybody meeting the requirements, and being able to use a telephone, can apply- Gill crews included!!! <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
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Old 8th Jan 2002, 00:16
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While I can understand BE's reasons for taking on these CRJ guys. I'm afraid it's just another example of what a 'soft touch' we are in this Country.
Had the situation been reversed there's no way we would get jobs over in Australia. Anybody who was lucky enough to get a job would probably be subject to so much abuse from the Aussies that a life on the dole in the UK would seem preferable !!
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Old 8th Jan 2002, 04:10
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MOR, I did not say that ex-Gill people should have first "dibs" as you put it.

I feel, however, that any out-of-work Brit pilot should be considered before an Australian.

As you are probably aware, there are many pilots currently looking for work in this country. Some are ex-Gill. I merely mentioned Gill because that was my previous company, I keep in touch with my colleagues who are still trying to find work, I feel a lot of allegiance towards a good bunch of people and that is therefore where my loyalties still lie. I did not seek to imply that Gill people deserve jobs before anyone laid off by any other UK airline.
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Old 8th Jan 2002, 04:18
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You miss the point, BIK.

Many Aussies have EU citizenship, it is eminently possible that those contracted could be Aussies with EU passports (in fact I am told that that is exactly the case).

Sadly for hugmonster, the law sees an Aussie with a EU passport as a national of that EU country as well. Thus it is highly likely that some "Australians" (in effect, "Brits") might get jobs ahead of some "Brits". Don't blame me, that's the law!
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Many Aussies have EU citizenship.....
never heard of Swiss Aussies or Germans Aussies or French Aussies ?!?!?
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Old 8th Jan 2002, 05:24
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Geez BIK why don't you try reading what is written!!

I have absolutely no problem with anybody from any country working anywhere. Aviation is global, I have worked in many countries and continue to work in the UK (not my native country as it happens). I have NO PROBLEM with Aussies working here, which you would know if you bothered to read before jumping to conclusions!!!

It is Hugmonster who is suffering from xenophobia, not me.

[For those of you who are confused, BIK has removed the post that accused me of being xenophobic]

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Old 8th Jan 2002, 05:38
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HUGMONSTER
any y'all the same Brits/Aussies???
Y'all pretty much have the same flag
so if those pilots had the ratings and were able
to live in the UK and it had been advertised for so long then too bad.
Really if there are THAT many pilots unemployed in the UK and they aren't checking their web sites etc....then they deserve a good kick up the backside....
But there aren't really any websites that y'all can subscribe to are there....
Take a leaf out of the yanks book and create a site that looks after Brits looking for jobs as pilots...then someone can hold your hand and tell y'all where/when the jobs are available.....
reminds me of that old joke....
Did ya hear about the old Brit pilot who retired and died????
Yeah his wife found him 2days later she didn't realise that she had to feed and water him every 2hrs....
perhaps you should add "and check the pilot job ads too" <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
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Old 8th Jan 2002, 17:28
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3000 PSI - it is quite feasible to have dual citizenship; here in NZ I can apply for NZ citizenship after three years on a full residence visa - the same (or similar) applies in Oz. Much of the Ozzie population can trace their roots to UK, Ireland, Greece, Italy, etc (ever seen their football team, not many aborigines in there!)

As a Dutchy, I thought you would be aware that about 1/4 of Kiwi's can trace their roots to Holland, and no doubt be able to get a Dutch EU passport and citizenship.
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Old 8th Jan 2002, 19:12
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Point taken ! Anti-skid ...
Geez MOR are you paranoid or what....Hugmonster a xenophobe !!! that's a good one, we use to fly for the same outfit God knows how many "foreigners "we were in the good old days, MOR , just hope you'll never have to apply for a job in OZ.
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The Oz immigration laws are no more stringent than the British ones. If you have the passport, you can work there, just like the UK.

I'm about the least paranoid person posting here, as it happens... I don't care where you come from, as far as I am concerned you should be able to work anywhere you like. Hugmonster wants to keep Aussies out whilst there are Brits unemployed, irrespective of suitability ar qualification for the job.

Xenophobia is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as "a deep dislike of foreigners", so I guess you have to make that judgement for yourself. I've already made mine.
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Old 8th Jan 2002, 23:22
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Hiya 3kpsi! Good to see you around, you darned foreigner you!

I am very far from being a xenophobe. Being largely non-Brit myself, it would be a tad foolish.

I heard the rumour that Thudd posted a few days before it made it here. It concerned me. It would have concerned me less had it been made clear that only EU citizens were being recruited, even on a temporary basis. There is, at least theoretically, a level playing field across the EU. That Ozzies were apparently being taken on raised my hackles. No, I have nothing against them personally. But were I to go to Oz, I rather doubt I would be eligible for employment there.

This issue has been raised time and time again. All I personally want to see is people playing the game by the rules. If I'm not eligible for a job in this, that or the other country, I don't see why their nationals should be permitted jobs here when there are Brit pilots out of a job.

Furthermore, I expect the Government (who presumably know the rules) to refuse work visas in such cases. If they are in any doubt about the availability of the home-grown product, then they should not necessarily take an airline's word for it, and can always consult BALPA, who didn't seem to know anything about this case until a former colleague of mine pointed it out to them.

That these posts appeared on the Parc website does not excuse offering the jobs abroad. I regularly trawl the various jobs websites, as do many people I know, but it is possible to miss them. Did they appear in, for example, "Flight"? I think not.

If the jobs are only for 6 months, and there are no CRJ-rated pilots available within the EU, then fair enough. Give them 6-month non-renewable visas. Thereafter I would hope that Brit pilots would be employed.

PS snooze, are you a pilot? If so I hope I don't have to fly with you, since (a) you don't appear to be very au fait with the state of immigration and work laws (b) more importantly, you make incorrect snap judgements on very limited information instead of trying to find out more. Go check your "Human Factors" book.

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Old 9th Jan 2002, 01:28
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Yes, Huggie, I'm a training captain on a nice big jet.

You still manage to miss the point, which is very simply that any Aussies coming here to work will have the right to live and work in the EU. If you went to Oz and had the same rights in their country, you would be able to do exactly the same.

You need to discriminate between an Australian with no such rights (who CANNOT work in the EU), and an Australian with dual citizenship who has exactly the same rights as any other EU citizen when it comes to employment. Same goes for your South African mates.

Not knowing about these vacancies is a poor excuse. Parc advertise every week in Flight, and include their web address. You don't miss things if you look carefully. I would have thought that being unemployed would concentrate your mind somewhat.

Not sure what a knowlwdge of immigration law has to do with aviation, and the fact that you equate one with the other reveals a lot about you.

I'm glad I'll never have to fly with you, as a)you seem to know a lot less about immigration law than I do (whatever that has to do with flying), and b) you too have made snap judgements without bothering to get all the info, as your first post so clearly shows.
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Snooze:-<ol type="1">[*]Anybody coming here with the right to work is one thing. Someone coming here for whom the right to work is arranged on the say-so of an airline is another. If somebody already has the right to work here that is fair enough.[*]What South African mates? I wasn't aware that I have any. Are you making assumptions again?[*]Not being aware of a vacancy can be an excellent excuse. It depends how widely, and for how long a vacancy was advertised. If it was advertised for two days in the bottom drawer of a locked filing cabinet in a basement toilet with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard", I don't think people could be held responsible for not noticing.[*]As commander of an aircraft, you can be held responsible for any illegal immigrants on board your aircraft. Surprised you weren't aware of this. It therefore behoves you to have some knowledge of immigration rules.[*]What makes you think I "dislike" foreigners? Just your assumptions. Not a good idea to work on assumptions. Did your first PPL instructors never tell you that?[*]My first post merely asked questions - if you think this demonstrates assumptions, I think you need to get either your eyes tested, or work out the simple meanings of words. You're an aircraft commander? And a training captain? God help us.[/list=a]
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The Kendell pilots that have gone to BE have either the right of abode in the UK or a UK passport. All are type rated and current CRJ pilots. The contract is for 6 months. What happens after that I do not know.

BTW, emigrating to Australia isn't as hard as it used to be. Check out <a href="http://www.immi.gov.au" target="_blank">here</a> for more info.
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Old 9th Jan 2002, 10:10
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Probably not worth the bother, but to answer the relevant points:

1) Nobody is being sponsored by the airline for immigration purposes. If you knew as much as you claim to, you would know that the practice of doing so is severely limited, and with the present situation is more or less unknown.

2) Irrelevant to the discussion.

3) "Hitchhikers Guide" reference notwithstanding, any unemployed pilot who is not constantly checking every available avenue for employment probably doesn't deserve a job. In the case of PARC, they are a high-profile agency and there is no excuse whatsoever for not knowing what they have on offer. They make it easy enough to find out, a telephone call will do it.

4) I am indeed aware of the legal position regarding illegal immigrants, it being the only piece of immigration law that pilots need to be aware of! Why you ASSUME I don't is quite beyond me.

5) Not relevant to the discussion.

6) Too much to expect that you might be able to avoid the temptation to get personal. Ah well. Good luck finding a job... you'll need it with such an attitude.
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Old 9th Jan 2002, 13:24
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You really aren't reading what everybody else is posting. Any Ozstralians working in the UK (or anywhere else in the EU) DO have the right to live and work here. They haven't been "sponsored" by their employers or had their visas "arranged" by a lax immigration department. They are just as legal as you!

If you wanted to get a job in OZ you are quite entitled to, if you are prepared to jump through the various immigration hoops, just as they have done.
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