ILO meeting calls for sustainable civil aviation industry

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Mechanic at Ethiopian Airlines performing maintenance on airplanes. Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopia.Photographer: Crozet M.

A tripartite meeting on civil aviation has concluded with a call for a "sustainable civil aviation industry" as a "common goal for governments, employers and workers."

The International Labour Organization (ILO) meeting noted that, "to achieve that goal, the industry needs a sustainable workforce, sustainable enterprises and a balanced value chain."

Some 150 delegates representing governments, the aviation industry and labour unions, agreed on the need to continue to promote decent work in the civil aviation industry through the effective implementation and use of all relevant ILO standards and instruments.

Governments, employers and workers agreed that the ILO has a key role to play in facilitating social dialogue in the civil aviation industry, while governments are required as regulators of the industry.

Among the recommendations coming out of the meeting is that the ILO should address the needs of the industry for agility and decent and productive work by creating a level playing field for all actors, and further strengthen social dialogue and workplace cooperation in the sector;

David Cockroft, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers' Federation, (ITF) said “The aviation industry has gone through a series of crises and changes which have seriously impacted its ability to attract and retain a highly skilled workforce, something which is crucial to the safety of passengers and workers alike".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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