With each wave of airline restructuring hit by inevitable resistance from traditional labour forces, can aviation unions be a force for good?

15 November, 2018

All major European carriers have overhauled their cost structures in the last decade or so in the face of liberalisation, the rise of LCCs and increasing competition. Each wave of change has been met with inevitable resistance from traditional labour forces, who have had a comparatively disproportionate impact on the aviation sector compared with other industries, in the process stymieing management restructuring efforts (and massively disrupting everyday operations) for the sake of workers' rights.

Already fractious relations between airline management and labour associations have reached a tipping point. The international nature of the aviation market has seen some airlines apply more relaxed labour laws from other jurisdictions regardless of where their employees are based. EU based unions for example have called out Ryanair and Norwegian for employing non EU crew on EU registered aircraft and have fought for a ban on what they deem "social dumping".

At the same time, there is also rising demand for a diminishing pool of human resources, as LCCs expand and full service carriers busily set up new subsidiaries. So - while airline managements still need to drive down costs, this is more challenging now in the context of looming pilot shortages. The big question is... how will the relationship between management and unions evolve under these challenging conditions?

This will be one of the topics to be discussed at this month's CAPA - Centre for Aviation World Aviation Outlook Summit, which takes place in Berlin between 27-28 November 2018.

As the foremost authority on aviation in the world, CAPA - Centre for Aviation once again delivers its World Aviation Outlook Summit, designed to provide a market outlook for 2019 and review the commercial and operational pillars that will drive global airline strategic decision-making. This year, held in conjunction with the CAPA Global Aviation Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner, the summit will be hosted in Berlin, Germany by Berlin Airports, and welcome a diverse array of airline leaders all looking forward to 2019.

Understanding aviation markets is CAPA's great strength and passion and this year's agenda includes a variety of topics sure to generate interest. The Great Debate: Can aviation unions be a force for good? will be the closing session of the Berlin forum on 28-Nov-2018.

It's hardly a secret that the airline industry is facing myriad challenges, notably in the marketing and distribution areas, as companies with personalised data, and the analytics and artificial intelligence to go with it, become greater threats to the stability of the traditional airline model. This high-level aviation event, hosted at the Grand Hyatt Berlin, is a forum for debate and discussion of strategic issues facing the aviation industry and it is attracting delegate interest from across the globe.

FIND OUT MORE… visit the CAPA World Aviation Outlook Summit 2018 homepage to find out more about this not-to-be-missed opportunity to discuss relevant issues impacting the aviation sector and learn meaningful insights from your industry peers.