Transport workers express concerns over remote towers (

November 6, 2020

By Alan Dron

Transport sector trade unionists have expressed concern at the growth of air traffic control remote tower operations (RTO), urging a global set of regulations governing their use.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) says there should be “solid, enforceable regulations,” both to define safety requirements for RTO and to ensure that the expansion of remote towers should not be driven by pressures to reduce costs.

The UK-based ITF connects some 700 affiliated trade unions across 150 countries and represents some 20 million workers.

The federation said Nov. 3 that it had established a working group to keep up-to-date on developments in the field of RTO and to share experience relating to what can work and what should be avoided.

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