IAM Air Transport Joins ILO Leaders to Address a Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Recovery for the Civil Aviation Sector

This week, IAM Air Transport Territory Chief of Staff Edison Fraser will join key stakeholders including labor union leaders, government officials and civil society organizations representatives for a technical meeting hosted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, to address issues around a green, sustainable and inclusive economic recovery for the civil aviation sector.

The meeting is set to take place from April 24-28, 2023, in Geneva bringing together government officials of ILO member countries, employers and workers’ representatives. The goal of the meeting is to discuss opportunities and challenges relating to best practices in occupational safety and health and the promotion of good jobs to shape the recovery of the aviation industry beyond the global pandemic. One of the key issues faced by our members is Assaults on Customer Service Agents. We will also address the importance of diversity, inclusion, and the right to organize.

Fraser is one of the United States International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) representatives.

“The IAM is proud to continue to partner with the ITF and the ILO to better advocate for the interests of our members,” said Fraser. “The COVID-19 pandemic severely hit the civil aviation sector. By working closely with our global allies, we can take important steps to recover and move forward, providing a stronger foundation for Civil Aviation workers. It is important that our members are aware that the IAM doesn’t just fight local issues but that we fight issues globally that can affect them”

The IAM has a long history of developing and maintaining relationships with key international players advocating for workers’ interests and global justice.

“There’s still a lot to be done in the aviation sector to have a substantive economic recovery after COVID-19 and working groups like this one provides an opportunity to analyze and strategize,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “We are glad to be part of the leaders to address and find solutions to issues affecting our industry and the well-being of our members.”

The International Labour Organization released a report that reviews trends and developments in the civil aviation industry as strategies and best practices for recovery. 



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