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Aerospace workers call for COVID-19 recovery plan

Unifor members are scheduled to present the report's recommendations to more than 70 Members of Parliament and government decision-makers

January 25, 2021  by CM Staff

Aerospace workers call for industry-wide COVID-19 recovery plan (CNW Group/Unifor)

TORONTO — Unifor’s Aerospace Industry Council released a new policy paper urging the federal government to immediately implement a substantial recovery plan for the sector in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating economic effects.

“With the chaos created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government must live up to its responsibility to protect the viability of Canada’s aerospace industry,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President, in a prepared statement. “Much of the world’s aircraft fleets remain grounded and order books are going unfilled. We need policies implemented now to ensure the fastest possible recovery so this industry survives and its highly-skilled workers have a secure future.”

Unifor’s policy paper entitled Preventing a Tailspin: A Response to the COVID-19 Crisis for Canada’s Aerospace Industry proposes a twelve-point action plan to protect members’ job security and the viability of the sector. Key recommendations include committing to a formal long-term industrial strategy, adopting ‘Buy Canadian’ policies, research and development funding, and improvements to the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy, among others.

Unifor members are scheduled to present the report’s recommendations to more than 70 Members of Parliament and government decision-makers as part of the Aerospace Industry Council’s virtual lobby week.

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