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Flightcare implements an Equality Plan

25/03/2010

Flightcare implements an Equality Plan

Flightcare, the FCC subsidiary which provides ramp, passenger and cargo handling services at airports, and Comisiones Obreras (CC.OO), the General Union of Workers (UGT) and the Workers' Trade Unionist Confederation (USO) have signed an Equality Plan which runs until 31 December 2013.
Flightcare implements an Equality Plan

Flightcare is the first Spanish handling company to sign an agreement of this type with the leading labour unions.

The Equality Plan is the result of a specific analysis of the current situation in the airport handling sector, focusing on Flightcare's activity and the characteristics of its workforce. This information was used to draft a set of measures which will make it possible actually and effectively to achieve, in the context of the company for which it was designed, the goals regarding equal treatment and equal opportunity for men and women and to eliminate any trace of sexual discrimination.

New measures include giving part-time workers priority when full-time vacancies arise, and special measures regarding employees who are caring for a person with a disability recognised as 33% or greater.

Through this agreement, Flightcare seeks to contribute to raising awareness about, protecting and enhancing the individual liberties of the people in its organisation. In particular, it protects personal dignity within the company, establishes healthy behaviour patterns, and eradicates behaviours that might be considered an illegitimate encroachment upon a person's privacy or dignity.

Specific goals of the Equality Plan include: To promote the effective defence and application of the principle of equality among men and women, guaranteeing the same opportunities for income and professional development in the workplace at all levels.

  • To improve the gender balance within the scope of the Plan.
  • To promote and enhance women's possibilities of attaining positions of responsibility while contributing to reducing any inequalities and imbalances arising from historical, cultural, social or family factors that may persist in Flightcare, S.L.
  • To include gender as an issue in human resources management.
  • To foster training actions that develop skills and abilities without any distinction on the basis of gender.
  • To prevent sexual harassment and harassment for reasons of gender.
  • To strengthen Flightcare's commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility in order to improve the living standards of employees and their families, and to promote the principle of equal opportunities.
  • To rule out any measures that might jeopardise the work/life balance of employees of Flightcare, S.L. and its subsidiaries.
  • To disseminate a corporate culture based on a commitment to equality that encompasses the entire organisation: senior management, middle management and all workers.

The following areas of action have been identified with a view to achieving these objectives: access to employment, promotion, training, compensation, work/life balance, measures to prevent and correct discrimination, and prevention of gender harassment.

Flightcare has more than 1,100 employees and operates in 14 airports where it serves more than 250 airlines, handling a total of 321,820 aviation movements, 34 million passengers and over 260,000 tonnes of cargo.

In Spain, Flightcare provides ramp and passenger handling service in airports in Barcelona, Málaga, Alicante, Valencia, Fuerteventura, Jerez and Almería. It also provides cargo handling services in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Alicante.