Air traffic controllers are generally considered one of the working groups having to deal with a highly demanding job. In fact, air traffic control entails a complex set of tasks requiring very high levels of knowledge and
expertise, as well as the practical application of specific skills pertaining to cognitive domains (e.g. spatial perception, information processing, logic reasoning, decision making), communicative aspects and human relations. (Costa, 1995) It is not surprising that so much attention is given to the Operational Environment in which ATCOs operate, as it has a direct impact on many facets of the job itself: safety, ergonomy, performance and stress management, inter alia.
What falls under Operational Environment?
With such a large array of areas of interest, the Operational Environment domain is vast. As regards air traffic control, it encompasses inter alia the following aspects:
- Professional and industrial relations;
- Minimum service;
- Single / Lone Person Operations (SPO);
- Four Eyes Principle (4EP);
- Performance Indicators;
- Cognitive processes in ATC;
- Working environments and ATC systems;
- Automation / Human factors;
- Duty rosters, work and rest schemes, vacation scheme, extra duty, extended duty and staffing
- Remuneration principles, early retirement and retirement;
- Regulatory framework in ATM.
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WC 8.1.1 IFATCA’s ROLE IN THE AREA OF PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL ISSUES
IFATCA Policy is:
IFATCA has the right to develop policy on all matters associated with the provision of air traffic services.
The terms ‘industrial’ and ‘professional’ refer to the approach to and implementation of such policies rather than the matters themselves.
IFATCA recognises the existence of other organisations that have a role to play in representing the legitimate interests of air traffic controllers.
In countries where the Member Association does not hold negotiating rights it should be encouraged to communicate IFATCA policies to the Trade Union or negotiating body and so far as practicable, to co-ordinate their implementation.
At the international level IFATCA should seek a common or coordinated approach with any other bodies representing air traffic controllers.
IFATCA should continue to act as an intermediary when so invited by Member Associations involved in disputes, either at international or national level and the Executive Board should be allowed to continue to exercise its discretion as to the appropriate scale of IFATCA involvement in any particular case.
|See: WP 50 – Toulouse 1998|
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Last Update: May 31, 2020