Toronto: Unifor members to raise awareness of working conditions ahead of peak season

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Unifor members in the aviation sector are rallying at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Monday December 18.

The event is described as a Day of Action to promote better working and travelling conditions for air transport workers.

A Crisis in Worker Attraction and Retention


Low wages, coupled with the need for multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet, have plunged the aviation sector into a crisis.

The situation is further exacerbated by issues like harassment, creating an alarming attraction and retention crisis.

Despite the magnitude of the problem, both the industry and the government have been slow to address the root causes.

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Unifor’s Air Transportation Workers’ Charter of Rights


Unifor is not merely highlighting the issues; they are also proactively presenting a solution—the Air Transportation Workers’ Charter of Rights.

This comprehensive document addresses the inadequacies in current working conditions and asserts that the actions taken by the federal government and airport authorities fall short of resolving the deep-seated problems faced by aviation workers.

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Day of Action: Toronto Pearson


To amplify their message, Unifor has organized a Day of Action at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on December 18, 2023.

Frontline aviation workers, led by Unifor National President Lana Payne, will be distributing leaflets to the public.

The goal is to raise awareness about the Air Transportation Workers’ Charter of Rights and encourage individuals to sign the petition, demanding swift and substantial action from both the government and the industry.

Event Details


What: Day of Action supporting aviation workers, Unifor Air Transportation Workers’ Charter of Rights campaign

When: Monday, December 18, 2023. Remarks and spokespeople available beginning at 3 p.m. Flyer distribution 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Who: Unifor National President Lana Payne, frontline aviation workers.

Where: Pearson International Airport, Toronto. Terminal 1 outside of domestic Departures.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad.

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Unifor members in the aviation sector are holding a Day of Action at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Monday December 18.
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