I found this study interesting as I’ve direct experience in the aviation field and was made redundant due to my questioning (internally) of safety violations and scheduling which inflicted chronic crew fatigue.
While I would agree with many of the authors statements there is one which, I feel, is blatantly inaccurate and/or naive: “I don’t think people are saying consciously, ‘We really want to hit this financial target, let’s cut back on our safety expenditures,’”
In my experience omitting/delaying safety inspections, repairs on aircraft and both falsifying crew rest/duty periods and scheduling crew to the maxim limits of said rest and duty periods are clearly driven by profits.
I need to say my aviation experiences were in America based with flying in North America. There is a very common saying in commercial (American) aviation which sums up the worst of the industry:
“It’s cheaper to replace the flight crew than the aircraft.”
Another example how production for profit fails to account for real human need, and why state intervention is necessary for preventing the market system from tearing itself apart.I’m half remembering a TV programme I saw last year which said that US airline pilots often have to have a second job as the wages are so low. Don’t know what truth there is in this?There was a book put out in the UK called ‘Murdering the Dead’ which was a compilation of the leftwing-leninist Bordiga’s writing on similar subjects, don’t know if it’s still in print though