Hello everyone, as someone who recently finished his commercial license I have a few questions. While I know the answers to most of my questions I will still be putting them out for debate. Anyhow lets begin. Why do alot of pilots "whore" themselves out to companies that do not pay, or pay next to nothing, work them long hours, do not respect them, make them pay training bonds etc etc etc...
Now I do know that the pilots themselves (some not all) have screwed it over for the other group of pilots. Up in Canada we are different from the states, where up here we have some companies that do pay decently (25-30Gs a year starting F/O) do keep their a/c in good working order, treat their crew really well, but we also have companies that believe in profit before maintenance paying 18Gs a giving you a 14 hour day min rest period and then another 14 hour day right the next day etc.
The issue coming up in the next little while is where I believe pilots can now start demanding more respect from companies. We have a major shortage of pilots coming as airlines are expanding (AC and WS in Canada) and then that gives Commuter and Air Taxi organizations a very high turnover rate. This will mean if and ONLY if ALL pilots start demanding the respect they DESERVE will we get anywhere. Companies such as Kenn Borek Air or Pacific Coastal(two example) are good company from what I here, pay could be improved but the overall workplace is excellent with good training and they treat their employees well. Then there are other examples out there (I will not name some) which are the exact opposite but pilots still line up at the door with a resume in hand looking for that job. Most of my friends in aviation are basically where I sit, and I know many who have walked away from jobs, gotten a job heard about how they run things and jump ship but I also know some who have made some mistakes (training bonds being numero uno).
Anyways I know this is long and may sound more like a ranting session then a question session but if could anyone answer why people are still whoring them selves out. We need to get more respect.
Who knows another job where you spend at least 50,000 big ones one school to go out and look for a job, when you find on you will be earning below the poverty level in Canada. I can not think of any other job like it.By NO means am I saying that we should get paid 6 figures right off the start, that is impractical, but to start off some where in the range of at least 30-35 Thousand where people could live a very basic but decent life. Some of the commuters (Borek) are paying well over this for captains (I have seen 75,000) and still a decent about for FOs for a little DHC-6, to me, this is a company to work for.
Anyone have any thoughts?
PS I know companies try and make money, but in any other industry the company charges it's customers enough so they can pay staff half decently as well as make a profit pay for expenses etc. It may be about time to start charging the end user more, but some companies will still pay nothing and charge less and get the customers, sad life.
One more thing, before anyone flames me, I KNEW this when I came into it, it will not stop me, and I would rather fly and have to pay rent for life etc, then work and office job. But it is about time pilots get the respect they deserve.