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Friday 31 May 2024

Australian airline crews demand a fair go

Do the cabin crew on your aircraft seem tired and jaded?

It might be because they are.

On International Cabin Crew Day, which is today, the Flight Attendants' Association of Australia (FAAA) is launching the “Fatigue Doesn’t Fly” campaign urging the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to introduce mandatory flight time and rest regulations for cabin crew.

Teri O'Toole, federal secretary of the FAAA is calling on CASA to give cabin crew a fair go.

“We only want what cabin crew all over the world have, including our colleagues in Sierra Leone and Bangladesh, some of the recognised poorest countries in the world," O'Toole says.

"Singapore, one of the few countries with flight lengths comparable to those of Australian crew, has had regulated flight time limitations (FTLs) for long-haul flying since 2017.

“Aligning with international standards will not only enhance safety but also ensure fair and consistent working conditions across the industry. Our aviation safety authority should have oversight and protections for all stakeholders in aviation, not just pilots. Relying on safe standards for fatigue risk should not be left to bargaining in Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.

"Health and safety should be mandatory and regulated, not something that relies on sitting down every four years to bargain for. We are calling for a much-needed permanent regulatory safety net.

“Our cabin crew travel the same distances and spend the same time in the air as pilots but are suffering without the same safety net when it comes to rest and scheduling. Why do pilots have better rest facilities on board than cabin crew? Because it’s mandated by CASA.

"Both cabin crew and pilots are human and should have the same consideration for how they take their rest on board."

O'Toole points out that cabin crew members are multi-skilled professionals trained in safety, fire, evacuation, and medical emergencies.

Captain Tony Lucas, president, Australian and International Pilots Association notes: “Our cabin crew are first responders in the event of an onboard emergency or medical situation. Just as a minimum of two well-trained and well-rested pilots are required for every flight, having well-trained and well-rested cabin crew are a vital part of the safety management process dealing with emergencies.”

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1 comment:

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