We often speak with new members, or those considering joining the Independent Pilots Association, and have recently spotted a trend in the subjects we are discussing.
Pilots want to know that if they have an issue at work, they are part of a pilots union that will represent their best interests from start to finish. We have a proven track record in achieving favourable outcomes for our members, whether through a company’s internal process or at an Employment Tribunal.
Where pilot error may have occurred (and none of us are perfect!), we will ensure that the process followed by the employer is fair, and that any outcome is proportionate to the allegations faced by our members. Unfortunately, we do not have magic wands, and cannot make the situation magically disappear, but whether you are at fault or not, you will be represented by your union. As a Full member of the Independent Pilots Association, you will benefit from up to £30,000 legal cover for employment disputes, and medical repatriation insurance (you simply need to register for this benefit upon joining the Independent Pilots Association).
Where you have a complaint against your employer, we will guide you through the process and ensure that your concerns are listened to. Trade union involvement in grievance situations can often prevent a complaint escalating unnecessary, thus helping to preserve the ongoing relationship between the employer and the employee.
Our members, and prospective members also contact us in relation to pilot financial services, whether this relates to HMRC pilot allowances, other tax deductions, or they are looking for additional financial products or advice. We have negotiated very competitively priced Legal Supplementary Insurance which, once an Independent Pilots Association member you can apply for, as well as Pilot Income Protection and Loss of Licence.
The work of the Independent Pilots Association has evolved to meet the needs and requirements of our members, and we continue to explore additional ways in which we can best meet the needs of our members as their pilots union.
For those who are Independent Pilots Association members, we welcome your suggestions as to what, if anything more you might want. For those who may be considering becoming an Independent Pilots Association member, we believe that representation and advice for our members is key to providing the best possible service to our members, with membership then being enhanced by other benefits available to you.