Saturday, 30 January 2021

Canadian union wonders if there will be an industry to return to once the pandemic is over.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees - CUPE) which represents 15,000 flight attendants at nine Canadian airlines, many of whom are already laid off has reacted angrily t the decision made by the federal government to halt flights from Mexico and the Caribbean. 

The drastic step in banning arrivals from certain countries in an effort to reduce the possibility of Canada being over-run with newer, more infectious, and potentially more deadly variants of the Coronavirus COVID-19.

However, the union issued an angry statement accusing the Prime Minister of doing nothing and just watching the Canadian aviation industry collapse.

"We appreciate the urgency and the need for measures to prevent the spread of new variants in Canada. But we need the government to work with us, instead of against us. Instead, almost one year into this pandemic, the government still has no plan to help airlines in Canada recover or even survive. 

Let’s be clear: these measures will put more people out of work right away and further jeopardize the viability of the sector for the long run.

Mr. Trudeau needs to ask himself why he is sitting idle while workers in this sector call ‘mayday’ and while thousands of Canadian jobs are lost."

It said the union was left wondering if there will be an aviation industry to return to once the pandemic is over.

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