Alitalia, that’s why Ryanair, Easyjet, Volotea and Vueling bark against the government

Alitalia, that's why Ryanair, Easyjet, Volotea and Vueling bark against the government

Ryanair, Easyjet, Blu Air, Volotea and Vueling contest the rule of the relaunch decree which requires the companies to adopt the national collective agreement in the sector now signed only by Alitalia

Ryanair, Easyjet, Blu Air, Volotea and Vueling threaten to abandon the Italian skies. The Relaunch decree, which also provides for the nationalization of Alitalia and at the same time should restart Italy (including tourism and travel), is likely to be the reason why low cost airlines abandon our market.

Article 198 requires all companies operating on the peninsula to adopt a single national contract. Pena? No access to catering funds. Does the rule want to be (masked) help to Alitalia? Perhaps, meanwhile, the low cost team and found Aicalf.

Let's go step by step.

WHAT IS DISPUTED

The article contested by low cost is 198 which obliges and companies to adopt the national collective agreement of Alitalia and to have an Italian air operator certificate to access the aid of the 130 million air sector refreshment fund provided for in the decree. The article, in fact, reads : “In consideration of the damage suffered by the entire aviation sector due to the outbreak of the Covid 19 epidemic, a fund has been set up at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport € 130 million for the year 2020, for compensation for damages suffered by national operators (…) in possession of the prescribed valid Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and holders of air passenger license issued by the Authority national civil aviation ".

Access to the fund – specifies the article – “is allowed only to operators who apply to their employees, with a service base in Italy pursuant to Regulation (EU) no. 965/2012, as well as to third party employees used by them for the performance of their business, remuneration treatments in any case not lower than the minimum ones established by the National Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulated by the employers' and trade union organizations that are comparatively more representative at national level "

SINGLE NATIONAL CONTRACT: ALITALIA ONLY

What is asked of low cost airlines, in practice, is the adoption of the national collective agreement for the sector which was signed in July 2014 by Assaereo for Alitalia (the only airline to adopt it).

The other companies that fly in the Italian skies each have different contracts.

AICALF IS BORN

Ryanair, Easyjet, Blu Air, Volotea and Vueling (which together represent a sector that is worth more than 50% of short-haul air traffic) in response, founded Aicalf, an industry association whose presidency is entrusted to the lawyer Matteo Castioni, Ryanair's lawyer.

"The relaunch decree has been the catalyst to give birth to this association that was in gestation for many months," he explained Castioni. "The low cost companies felt they were poorly represented and listened to, so it was decided that the time had come to join together to get our positions to the political component".

CASTIONI: THERE IS NO TRUE NATIONAL CONTRACT

“The rules contained in the relaunch decree are discriminatory and do not protect the sector as a whole and those who are creating value and employment in Italy. The possibility of accessing the Air Transport Refreshment Fund should be extended to all carriers that have bases and personnel in the country, " said Castioni.

"The national contract does not actually exist" – added Castioni – "Assaereo has only one member, namely Alitalia. And that contract reflects a business model that cannot be applied to low cost ".

IT IS NOT A WAY TO ESCAPE TAXATION

“This does not mean escaping the taxation and application of Italian rules. Blue Air, easyJet, Norwegian, Ryanair, Volotea and Vueling all apply employment contracts under Italian law to their flight crew and most have entered into collective bargaining agreements with the most representative union organizations in the companies, paying income taxes and contributions in Italy. Full recognition of the validity of these company contracts is needed, "according to Castioni.

WHAT THE LOW COST ASK

The association hopes "that the Italian government will continue to stimulate the restarting of tourism in our country, but by protecting the air transport sector as a whole and not a single company, avoiding adopting protectionist measures with the risk of causing distortion. competition between carriers and the return to a market context of twenty-thirty years ago, with unimaginable losses for the Italian system against other European countries ".

DE MICHELI: IT IS NOT A WAR AT LOW COST

For Paola De Micheli, Minister of Infrastructures and Transport, deputy of the Democratic Party, the rules contained in the Relaunch Decree certainly do not represent a way to put low cost out of the market.

GIANCARLO CANCELLERI (M5S) CONTESTS THE RULES

Giancarlo Cancelleri, Undersecretary ia Transport at 5 Star level, disputes the law and hopes it will be canceled, Il Fatto Quotidiano reports. There are 3 amendments to article 198, to ask for changes, according to what Linkiesta reports .

ANDREA GIURICIN: MARKET IN DANGER

Even for Andrea Giuricin, the market is in danger . On Il Foglio , the transport expert economist rejects the rule "which imposes a single employment contract (the de facto one of Alitalia) for the entire aviation sector, when all the companies operating in Italy already have Italian contracts".


This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/smartcity/alitalia-ecco-perche-ryanair-easyjet-volotea-e-vueling-sbraitano-contro-il-governo/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=alitalia-ecco-perche-ryanair-easyjet-volotea-e-vueling-sbraitano-contro-il-governo on Mon, 08 Jun 2020 11:33:36 +0000.