Trade unions call for a just net-zero aviation transition including ECA support for aviation finance

(IndustriALL, Geneva, 14 October 2022) International and European trade unions welcome a new global agreement for net-zero carbon aviation emissions by 2050, but call for stronger commitments at country level, including on social criteria. No worker or region should be left behind, we need a Just Transition for all! In the run up to the September 2022 41st General Assembly of ICAO, unions worked together to draft joint trade union demands. The working paper submitted to ICAO by trade unions called for a Just Transition for a zero-carbon future which emphasised the need for the decarbonisation of the aviation industry to be managed in a socially responsible way. It called for quality social dialogue, investment into training and the creation of sectoral action plans by social partners with the relevant authorities. In March 2021, unions pointed out that airline passenger demand fell 65% in 2020 compared to the previous year and the demand for commercial aerospace products had also fallen dramatically, resulting in hundreds of thousands of workers in the sectors beening laid off and noting that export credit agency support was critical for restoring employment levels.