Air Traffic Controller: Government will link recruitment and traffic development

Air Traffic Controller: Government will link recruitment and traffic development

Following a recommendation in a report of auditors published on Friday, the government will link the recruitment of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) agents with the development of air traffic and productivity.

Of the ten recommendations of this very important report on the management of human resources of the DGAC, Minister for Ecological Transitions Barbara Pompilly replied in a letter to the “sages” of Rue Cambon that she was going to implement three of them.

In addition to the annual adjustment “from 2022” on the “recruitment trajectory of air traffic controllers to develop traffic and productivity efforts”, the government wants to overhaul the “collective performance incentive system” and “end subsidies,” the DGAC represented. trade union organizations.

The alignment of recruits on the development of air traffic is “something that I find practical”, Loïc Parisi responded to AFP.

“Before the pandemic, we had an inadequate level of air traffic controllers. In the crisis we face today, there are more controllers than air traffic,” developed the national secretary of SNCTA, the leading association among air traffic controllers.

However, the union stresses the need for “substantial recruitment of controllers by 2022” due to “multiple retirements, traffic possibilities and new environmental procedures”.

“At the recruitment level, we must be careful,” warned Laurent Notbart, general secretary of the SNNA-Force Ouvrière (the fourth union of the National Union of Air Navigation, DGAC).

“Traffic levels can rise faster than the time it takes to recruit and train a qualified person”, he estimates between five and seven years.

– “Delicate” time limit –

Concerns among unions seemed to be easing on Saturday with the end of the subsidy. For example, in Unsa civil aviation, “they represent only 15 to 20% of annual resources”, according to William Fiacre, general secretary of one of the four organizations that make up the union.

The Court of Auditors also recommends obliging “air navigation personnel, whose presence determines their ability to offer a minimum service”, to declare at least 72 hours prior to their participation in the strike movement. It specifies that this declaration must be “personal”.

The Court has also suggested a review of the salaries and bonuses of DGAC agents, who have a “higher level of remuneration than the rest of the public service”, which are “regularly enhanced by successive social protocols”. according to the report.

“In the context of the enduring air traffic crisis linked to the pandemic (…), the DGAC may no longer subscribe to a protocol argument that involves routinely providing new explicit benefits to its agents”, confirms the Court.

On these latest recommendations, the government recognizes that “the set deadline, 2022 or 2023 for the most part, appears fragile to keep” and that “intense social dialogue is needed before they can be implemented”.

The ministry highlights the professional elections scheduled for the end of 2022, the resumption of air traffic and the improvement in the financial position of the DGAC.

Finally, the Court of Auditors considers that the initial training of air traffic controllers “is much longer and much broader material than the qualifications required on the first assignment”.

Already in 2017, “Sages” in a report condemned the high cost of social action within the DGAC, criticizing “persistent inaction at a high cost”.

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