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Don't blame the workers
01 April 2005
One of the biggest costs for nearly every airline is labour. But this is not why airlines lose money, says Ingo Marowsky,aviation secretary, for the International Transport Workers' Federation, the global trade union federation.
IATA's member airlines employ about 1.5 million staff. Add
to this non-scheduled airlines and related services such as
airports or air traffic services providers, and it is fair to
say that the industry provides jobs for some 3 to 3.5 million
Statistics again tell us that labour is one of the biggest
operating costs for an airline. Depending on the region, it
accounts for up to 25% or 30% of total costs, even bypassing
fuel expenditure at the top of the list. No one disputes this
fact, not even trade unions or their international umbrella
organisation, the International Transport Workers' Federation,
ITF, based in London.
However, several questions arise which shed a different light
on this issue, and the value of this purely statistical
information must be questioned. It is important to take a
deeper look at other aspects of this subject, aspects which are
often forgotten or even...
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