A new approach to the links between solitude, relationships with a group and group conflictual situations is being used to identify courses of action to help with work on social change essential in this sector, where serious and recurring conflictual situations are commonplace. The purpose is to analyse the links between solitude, relationships with a group and group conflictual situations in the transport profession..
- analysis of behaviour,
- surveys and tests in different transport networks,
- bibliographical analysis.
The topic of conflictual situations in the transport sector (land and air) inevitably leads to the aspect of driver or piloting staff solitude, which is a specific and serious concern for all professionals (executives, managers, unions and staff). A very ambivalent image of driver and pilot professions is therefore gradually coming to light, conveying a serious identity crisis. Eventually we find that driving/piloting staff are in collusion with their company, whose ultimate aim is to keep everything just as it is. It is therefore difficult to clarify the relationship of these solitary individuals with the group, an area poorly accounted for in the running of these companies. However, the social inertia and recurring conflictual situations become more understandable. Without playing down the importance of defending material gains, potential solutions are beginning to materialise which may help to lower the rate of conflictual situations in the sector and hence bring it up to date. Notwithstanding a powerful political and managerial desire to upset the status quo, change will continue to be very slow and dotted with social upheavals and their all too well-known devastating effects.