New agreement boosts decent work in the aviation industry

The International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have signed a new agreement to advance decent work and encourage a people-centred recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the aeronautical industry.

The agreement, signed by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder and ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano, updates the 1953 Memorandum of Understanding regarding the possible creation of a joint aviation.

It follows a request made by ILO constituents at the 2013 Global Dialogue Forum on the effects of the global economic crisis on the civil aviation industry to revamp cooperation between the two agencies.

The need for closer cooperation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit the aviation industry harder than many other sectors.

This agreement will contribute to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular the promotion of women in aviation, data collection and decent and sustainable work in the sector. It will also lead to joint activities, including research, technical meetings, advisory services, training and the development of guidelines, tools and methodologies.

“The agreement is timely given the serious challenges the pandemic has posed to aviation workers’ rights,” Ryder said. “The ILO looks forward to working with our colleagues at ICAO to combat the effects of the pandemic and to build a socially sustainable recovery and decent work in the sector.”

“ICAO’s conclusion of this agreement with the ILO responds to ICAO Assembly resolutions on the 2030 Agenda SDGs and gender equality, which call for new partnerships within the system. United Nations for supporting the enhancement of aviation’s contributions to sustainable development, and for demonstrating strong, determined leadership and commitment to advancing women’s rights,” said Sciacchitano.

Under the mutual representation agreement, the ILO and ICAO will each invite representatives of the other organization to participate in its meetings, in accordance with their respective rules. In addition, they will consult each other regularly to exchange views on matters of common interest. The agreement has a duration of five years and is renewable.

An ILO technical meeting on a green, sustainable and inclusive economic recovery for the civil aviation sector will take place between 2022 and 2023.

About the ILO

The ILO is the United Nations agency for the world of work. It sets international labor standards, promotes rights at work and encourages decent employment opportunities, improved social protection and enhanced dialogue on labor issues. The ILO has a unique structure, bringing together representatives of governments, employers and workers. It was founded in 1919 and has 187 member states.

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