I've read on www.airmech.co.uk that appparently there is a motion going on within the EASA and the European aviation industry to get rid of the Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.
The motion is apparently being based on the current shortage of licenced staff (due to the airline's failure of training new staff) and the therefore increasing salaries (supply and demand).
According to this thread http://www.airmech.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=5674, if the new legislation passes, in future maintenance organisations can declare a person "appropiately approved" to carry out maintenance on an aircraft and to sign for it without having undergone formal training.
So the management can declare and Tom, Dick or Harry tractor mechanic fit to do complex, safety relevant maintenance with this person having had to undergo an exam by the airworthiness authority. There will be only a few LAME's on the shift to sign off the CRS. All other tasks will be signed of by low paid, low trained "approved" staff.
Does anybody have more information?
[Edited 2006-09-09 22:40:36]