The International Transport Workers´ Federation (ITF) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have announced they are calling on governments to support the aviation industry to protect jobs and ensure that air services can be maintained, the organizations said.
Air passenger demand is down 80%. Airlines are facing a liquidity crisis which threatens the viability of 25 million jobs directly and indirectly dependent upon aviation, including jobs in the tourism and hospitality sectors.
In a joint statement, ITF and IATA called for governments to:
-Ensure that the protection of health workers caring for those with COVID-19 is prioritized
-Coordinate carefully between each other and with industry to ensure harmonized and effective action to protect the safety of passengers and crew
-Provide immediate financial and regulatory support for airlines, in order to maintain the sustainability of terms and conditions for air transport workers
-Assist the industry to restart quickly by adapting regulations and lifting travel restrictions in a predictable and efficient manner
IATA and ITF also noted the aviation industry´s contribution to helping alleviate the COVID-19 crisis by keeping supply chains open, and repatriating citizens. Aviation professionals are also volunteering on the front line to assist medical services in the fight against COVID-19.
ITF (International Transport Workers´ Federation) is a democratic global union federation of 700 transport workers trade unions representing nearly 20 million workers in 150 countries. The ITF represents the interests of transport workers´ unions in bodies that take decisions affecting jobs, employment conditions and safety in the transport industry
IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.