E tū is
preparing for a scale of disruption to the aviation industry unlike anything
we’ve witnessed before, after the Prime Minister’s announcement this afternoon
that all people arriving in New Zealand will have to self-quarantine for 14
days, ensuring a massive hit to the aviation industry.
unprecedented announcement will test aviation workers like never before as the
whole industry scales back its operations in response,” says Savage, E tū’s
Head of Aviation.
Zealand’s largest aviation union, we have close to 8000 members all over New
Zealand. We have implemented a comprehensive plan to ensure union members and
their workplace leaders are supported and can get the information they need. We
have already been involved in talks and negotiations with multiple employers.
That work will escalate in the weeks ahead as employers begin consulting
employees about what the shutdowns mean in their sector.
“It is not
just international flying. The flow on effects into domestic and regional
networks will be huge. Thousands of workers and their families will be affected
as cabin crew, caterers, aviation security, customs, airport workers,
engineers, ground handlers, refuellers, and cargo workers see a massive drop
off in work. Workers risk redundancies if these hard measures carry on too
Government’s commitment to supporting the Aviation industry will be vital.
Aviation is a life blood industry. It must be supported and ready to rebound
soon as the restrictions finish. Aviation workers are skilled workers with high
security clearance – the industry cannot afford to lose their skills and
workers must remain ready to take off again as soon as possible.
“Flying itself is still safe. New Zealanders should take advantage
of the low fares on offer and explore New Zealand.”
Savage says that it’s not just aviation members who will be
affected by today’s decision.
“As the largest private sector union in New Zealand, with over
53,000 members, we represent people across many industries that will be affected
by this decision, particularly in hospitality and tourism. That’s on top of the
thousands of members in healthcare, such as workers in aged care and hospitals,
who are already grappling with this.
“Unions are all about maximising mutual cooperation and collective
support – values important to all Kiwis. Now more than ever it is time for New
Zealanders to rally around and look after each other. Especially those who are
For more information, contact:
Savage, Head of Aviation, 027 590 0074