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Unifor call on feds to prioritize air transportation workers

Unifor stated that they have requested a virtual meeting to discuss solutions in assisting the air transportation industry and its workers

May 7, 2020  by CM Staff

On May 7, Unifor called on the federal government to ensure financial aid packages for the air transportation sector emphasizes workers.

“People and business have made extraordinary efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the air transportation industry is no exception,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor national president, in a prepared statement. “Since day one of the COVID-19 crisis, air transportation workers have put their health on the line to safely bring Canadians home and we are calling on the federal government to not leave air transportation workers behind.”

On March 23, 2020, Unifor sent a letter to the federal government to demand that any financial aid package delivered to any industry, including air travel must be accompanied by strong, enforceable conditions that ensure financial relief is tied to maintaining income for current employees, creating employment, and not enriching executives through bonuses.

“Government support for the air transportation industry is critical at this time to ensure our transportation sector remains strong, resilient and ready for takeoff when the time finally comes,” said Dias.

Unifor shared in their statement that they have requested a virtual meeting with Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau to discuss solutions in assisting the air transportation industry and its workers.


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