EU Sources - Airport United starts with action on several European airports - June 30, 2016

A workers’ group of the global transport trade union ITF has launched a new organisation, Airports United, which kicked off its struggle for economic justice, safety and security with actions in 33 airports. The launch was backed by the release of ITF research that showed that, although the global airline industry is expected to make record profits of USD36.3 billion this year, airlines have created a cost cutting culture that is affecting airport workers, safety and services. According to the research, workers have faced a steady decline in wages. A new normal has emerged in which airlines have subcontracted airport work to new subsidiaries or agencies with markedly inferior terms and conditions.

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