Hawaii12 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 103 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2009 times:
thought this an interesting tactic to ensure their pilots never leave. Lifetime contracts.. some people would love that job security.. assuming the job provides fair working hours and safe working conditions.
Unfortunate to see this type of government involvment necessary to maintain an industry, whether it be in the US or China.... just a difficult industry to be in i suppose.
Also, prolly a good rule of thumb is to read the fine print of any contract you sign.
Vincewy From Taiwan, joined Oct 2005, 767 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1796 times:
I wish there's a more moderate, halfway measure to this. On the other extreme (pure capitalism), pilots can start with one carrier for 6 months, and move on to greener pastures which leaves the previous airlines losing the investments (training, resources of other pilots needed, $$$$). I've heard entry-level pilot jobs are almost impossible to get, but once you get a foot in the door (even 6 months), everyone else is waiting to poach.
CI has been known to hire entry-level pilots, the problem? Most leave after 6 months, and CI can't go after those guys for compensations in training even if Taiwan has laws requiring minimum employment periods, once you're out of the country, you're not under the jurisdictions.
IMO the best option is hiring/training only nationals of their respective airlines for entry-level positions, requiring a minimum of 2-3 years of service without demanding compensations (in MLB it's called free agents after the contract periods). Most probably won't breach such contracts and not pay compensation unless they plan to flee their home countries permanently.