Here is a copy of a page from the BeCA site:
Maybe could you see more clearly what is the aim of a pilot association.
-- The "parents" of the B.C.A. are the BFCA and the ABPNL, the two associations of Airline Pilots and Flight Engineers in Belgium.
Our members are the Cockpit Crew Members of the Belgian Airlines : DAT, Sobelair, EAT-DHL and Virgin Express. We have also Flight Instructors, Students and Job seekers as members of the B.C.A.
Our main goals and activities :
- FLIGHT SAFETY
- Professional interests of our members.
- Relationship and social dialogue
with the Belgian Airlines' management's.
- Contacts at international level (IFALPA, ECA, GPA, Eurocontrole, ICAO …)
at national level (Belgian CAA, airport's authorities, ministers, press, ….).
- Specialised commissions in economic,industrial and technical fields.
Services to members : legal, fiscal and medical advises, help in case of accident/incident or professional difficulties, job seeking, regular information. --
We always were sustained in our "social" actions by at LEAST ONE of the recognized unions in Belgium. That's the legal way to exercise the right people have to strike in this country. And there is only 4 (four)recognized unions in Belgium : FGTB - CSC - CGSLB - CNC (those are the french abreviations, they have also a flemish counterpart...).
But you have to know that the unions are not "legaly" responsible for their acts, nor are the political groups and the ministers... Quite easy, isn't it?
In this case it is easy and simplistic to put all the anger on the BeCA shoulders. Those who are making this kind of jugdment are just showing their ignorance of the problem and their narrow spirit. We have our part
of responsability of course, but so have ALL
the people involved (Governement(s), Ministers, Administrators, Shareholders, SAirGroup ,CEO's, Directors, Staff, Employees,... even Bin Laden and the september 11th ...).
Sabena ... Never to be forgotten (12 years already , what a shame !! )