Business School academic speaks at a European Parliament hearing on low cost airlines

Birmingham Business School's Dr Geraint Harvey from the Department of Organisation, Work and Employment was invited to make a presentation at a hearing in the European Parliament on Low Cost Airlines hosted by the GUE/NGL on the 10th of April 2014 in Brussels.

The purpose of the hearing was to identify problems and to gather and share experiences from around Europe and how these companies do business (tax evasion), and also to focus on social dumping and working conditions for employees (workers' rights).


The presentation was based on the findings of a study Dr Harvey conducted with Professor Peter Turnbull (Cardiff University) on behalf of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and sponsored by the European Commission (EC) into the Development of the Low Cost Model in European Civil Aviation. The report was presented at the European Commission Civil Aviation Sector Social Dialogue Committee meeting in June 2012, attended by members of the EC Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and Directorate General for Mobility and Transport.

The meeting was also attended by the Executive of the European Transport Worker’s Federation, representing around 2.5 million transport workers, and the Secretary General of the Association of European Airlines, representing 33 airlines, including Lufthansa, International Airlines Group and AirFrance/KLM and employing some 390,000 employees.

Dr Harvey is an active member of the Global Value Chains Research Cluster and CREW research group at Birmingham Business School and is currently conducting a follow up study for the ETF and EC, with Professor Turnbull, into the Evolution of the Labor Market in the Airline Industry due to the Development of the Low Fares Airlines, the findings of which will be published later this year.

Find out more

Academic profile: Dr Geraint Harvey

View the 2012 report; The Development of the low cost model in the European civil aviation industry.