TUC, aviation unions, Heathrow Airport and Swissport have all called on the government to work with the aviation industry and its workforce to protect the sector and secure its recovery.
New Economics Foundation has estimated that 124,000 jobs were at risk across aviation and the industries it supports during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The news follows a roundtable meeting of representatives of the aviation industry and unions which was hosted by the TUC last Friday and in conjunction created a statement which called for treasury funding.
The statement requested that the Department for Health and Social Care provide a “testing framework” that will help with the safe lifting of quarantine requirements, along with support for aviation employers and unions on the “development of requirements and standards” for safely re-opening.
The union and aviation industry also asked the Department for Transport to establish a “tripartite body of government”, trade unions and industry to guide aviation into recovery and beyond.
Frances O’Grady, general secretary, TUC, said: “Aviation is a vital sector. We can’t have a full UK recovery if we don’t have a full aviation recovery. But too many jobs in the industry have been lost already.
“We hope the government will agree to get a group set up so that we can plan a full recovery and strong future for aviation together.”