Cabin crew want agreed changes
Sir -- I am writing in response to Dan White's article (Sunday Independent, Aug. 1, 2010). Mr White refers to Aer Lingus cabin crew represented by Impact as being unwilling to work 850 block hours. I am a senior cabin crew member.
The 850 block hours refer to the amount of time the aircraft is in actual motion. It does not take into account the pre-departure check-in times, turnaround times, post-arrival times nor does it include standby duties, delays on the ground or other ground duties such as training. Time spent away from home on overnight trips is also not taken into account.
It is either a gross misrepresentation of the facts or a complete lack of knowledge about the issue in question to say cabin crew are complaining about a 20-hour week. Cabin crew are presently available for duty 39 hours each week and are paid for 35 hours. A 39-hour working week over 45 weeks comes to 1,755 hours, over twice the 850 hours mentioned.