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Unifor encourages federal government to invest in aviation personnel

April 6, 2017 Ottawa—The federal government must invest in aviation workers to increase aviation safety for the public, says Unifor in a new submission to the federal Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.

“You cannot have a safe and efficient air transportation industry that is staffed with McJobs,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Employment security and safety go hand in hand.”

Detailed recommendations and supporting research are contained in Unifor’s written submission to the Committee, available for download here. Unifor says that many safety and security vulnerabilities can be traced to employers in the industry cutting corners on staffing levels and wages.

The submission reviews the growing precarity faced by airport workers and recommends limiting contract-flipping by service providers and establishing a $15 minimum wage airport-wide. Unifor’s recommendations also address under-staffing of air traffic control inspectors and pilot fatigue.

“Nobody would ever admit to cutting corners on safety, but that’s exactly what happens when we let corporations cheapen airport jobs,” said Dias.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at ian.boyko@unifor.org or 778-903-6549 (cell).