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Bluebird Cargo lays off all it's unionized pilots

Old 6th Jan 2021, 18:19
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Bluebird Cargo lays off all it's unionized pilots

Bluebird Cargo just laid off all their pilots that are members of the Icelandic Pilots Union and have a collective agreement, because "they are by far the highest paid pilots in the company, to increase the company's competitiveness" as it was put in their announcement to the media in Iceland. The affected pilots are from 5 countries, Iceland, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands. The airline was recently acquired by Avia Solutions Group that also owns Smartlynks Airlines and Avion Express.

Unfortunetely I haven´t found the announcement in English yet

The race to the bottom continues...
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 19:43
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Bluebird was unfortunately bought by that shady outfit mostly known for running pay2fly outfits although good riddance Small Planet is gone. Probably Smartlynx and Avion Express are not doing to well either. ASG ownership hails from a country not really known for its honesty and law abiding citizens roaming around Europe...even if its headquarters are elsewhere.
Hope the Union uses every legal resource to throw the book at them.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 22:29
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Given their track record of the indigenous Icelandic airline entrepreneurs and financiers, guess it matters a little who else you go to work for.

Speaking of Small Planet, in their last Cypriot shell reincarnation, they paid all employees every missing cent due after the collapse and on time I hear it was too. Proper employment contract, and social security / health insurance paid as required. Perhaps it's worth mentioning the names of Primera and SAIL instead when discussing dodgy companies. The gold-harp operator of 470 aeroplanes of another island state, do they pay social security on behalf their employees at other places apart from the UK?
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 22:33
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As far as I know the contract in Italy is 100% compliant with the Italian payroll system, so that would be a yes.
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Old 6th Jan 2021, 23:21
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Sorry for the rant. If I tried harder I could have remembered, thank you.

Having standard and proper employment practices eroded anywhere in the world is sad news regardless where or why.
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 07:46
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Yes they do, in Germany Spain Portugal and Italy, apart UK and Ireland..you are just a bit behind...
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 21:35
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Italy based crews pay their taxes in Italy, it's been like this for a while now.
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 22:16
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The more the better! Before I go rest in peace, just a SOP double-check: Employment contract, hopefully, same as you had in mind, means:
- it says on it "employed" by an entity of RYR holdings
- it list a fixed base
- pursuant to Regulation (EC) 883/2004 (hefty guide here http://www.eurodetachement-travail.e...obile_EN_1.pdf) the Company deducts and pays on behalf of the pilot the appropriate contributions to public health insurance, state pension and social security - to the tax office of the declared base country.

The full verse of suggestion is to check how many "bogus contract" pilots are there for those 467 aircraft, ergo out of approx 1600 uniformed harp riders. All the above-listed wildling airlines have what - 47 aircraft combined at full pre-covid steam?

Since the fingerpointing already is juvenile, par for the course is also finding out who started it first: RYR for atypical employment, Brookfield as the agent, J.C. of EZY for payed training - that's how far behind I actually am. Moutnain High consultants: incorporated in Malta, sitting across the McD's in Crawley. Or which agency tried to hire strike-breakers for A330 and B787 during the Avianca strike of 2017 for less than the Travel Service summer contract pay (who do full employment contract in France, btw, where RYR just refused and were ousted)? Not Aerviva of Dubai.

By their fruit ...
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 23:32
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This is about Blue bird pilots.
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Old 7th Jan 2021, 23:48
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Your're right. Bless them it turns for the better not too long from now. Unfortunately firing for union work is not unheard of.

I guess you haven't been truly jobless until you've been jobless on an island outside EU.

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jobless on an island outside EU......that'll be UK then.
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