The chaos and staff shortages afflicting UK airports will continue unless the aviation industry improves the way it treats its workers, Unite, the UK’s leading union, said today (Monday 4 April).

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “We warned the aviation sector repeatedly not to use the cover of Covid to slash jobs and pay. This would render it unable to meet demand when passengers returned.

“Now the sector is suffering from a chronic inability to attract new staff because workers are not attracted to an industry where pay is poor and conditions are lousy.

“Bargain-basement wages and insecure jobs must be consigned to the past if the sector wants to get back on track.

 “It is pretty simple – if you want to thrive, treat your workers with respect and don’t attack their jobs, pay and conditions.”

ENDS 

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.