ITF delegation makes strides in enhancing aviation crew treatment and safety at ICAO FALP/13 meeting

March 5, 2024

A delegation from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), including representatives from various unions such as ver.di from Germany, represented by Robert Hengster, and Unite the Union from the UK, represented by Kris Major, alongside Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, Secretary of the ITF Civil Aviation Section, convened at the 13th meeting of the ICAO Facilitation Panel (FALP/13) in Montreal last week. Their participation significantly influenced the discussions, focusing on crucial issues concerning the treatment and safety of aviation workers worldwide.

During the discussions on “Crew Treatment,” the ITF supported proposals to expedite procedures for crews during communicable disease emergencies. They also advocated for higher cleanliness standards for crew rest areas and prompt repatriation for sick crew members. These measures are designed to enhance the well-being and safety of aviation crews while ensuring uninterrupted connectivity during future health crises. The ITF proposed aligning these measures with international conventions to avoid potential conflicts in wording.

The ITF also supported efforts to combat trafficking in persons within the global aviation industry. They emphasized the importance of augmenting existing tools, such as the Guidelines for Training Cabin Crew on Identifying and Responding to Trafficking in Persons, to provide states and operators with a comprehensive framework for combatting this issue. The ITF reiterated its unwavering support for strengthening such tools, recognizing their vital role in safeguarding aviation workers.

The ITF expressed backing for visa exemptions for aviation crew members to streamline operations and reduce administrative complexities. They highlighted that such exemptions would not only facilitate smoother crew rotations but also contribute to overall operational efficiency. By advocating for fair treatment and facilitation for pilots and cabin crew, the ITF aims to foster a safer and more effective aviation industry. Their stance aligns with similar sentiments expressed by industry stakeholders, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), acknowledging visas as an unnecessary administrative burden for airlines, states, and crew members alike.

The ITF’s active engagement and advocacy at the ICAO FALP/13 meeting underscore their commitment to championing the rights and well-being of aviation workers globally, paving the way for meaningful improvements in crew treatment and safety standards within the industry.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply