BASI WARNS OF BREXIT
21st March 2019 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
The British Association of Snowsport Instructors speaks of worries. It claims the vast majority of its members want to remain in the EU.
There is significant uncertainty about whether British ski instructors will be able to work in EU countries in a post-Brexit world.
BASI has 6,300 British trained instructors working in 38 countries around the world .
The vast majority work in the European Union.
Speaking at the Interski congress in Pamporova, Bulgaria, the Association said there are deep worries.
“The future European working rights of many of our members remains unclear at the moment and makes planning for the future difficult for both British instructors and the ski schools who employ them in the European Alps,” said the BASI chairman Jim Lister.
“Brexit continues to create uncertainty for all British instructors who currently earn their livelihoods on the slopes of Europe.”
“Britain is highly respected in the international world of snowsports.”
“We punch well above our weight for a non-Alpine nation and BASI will continue to work bilaterally with EU countries to clarify and secure the future working rights for British instructors for the benefit of BASI members and the European ski schools who want to employ them.”
As the winter season draws to a close many British ski instructor’s working in Europe’s ski resorts face uncertainty for the next winter season.
At the end of the BASI ski demonstration at Interski the team unvield an EU flag as well as a Union flag.
The flag gesture was welcomed by the Interski Secretary General, Peter Mall, from Austria.
“I’d like to thank Great Britain for flying the European flag during you demo. Your support for Europe is much appreciated.”
There was then a round of applause from the assembled delegates many of whom were from EU countries.
Here is a vidoe of the BASI run and the flah unveiling.
However it should be pointed out that some BASI members voted for leaving the EU claiming membership did not benefit UK ski instructors.
Others have welcomed the expected departure of the UK from the EU.
Brexit poses problems for EU ski schools.
A number of international delegates at Interski from other EU nations shared their personal concerns for their instructor recruitment programmes in a post-Brexit world.
Large numbers of ski schools across Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland recruit ski and snowboard instructing staff from the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI).
One ski school director from Austria, currently employs 7 BASI qualified British instructors and his school teaches 3000 British school children every winter.
He said he has no idea if he is going to be able to continue to employ British instructors within his operation.
Many ski school directors at the conference echoed these anxieties.
PlanetSKI has been posting of Brexit guides.
Here we looked at the seasonal workers:
And here the others looking at a number of areas:
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