Unions respond to government’s quarantine plans

Unions have responded to the government’s plans for 14 days self-quarantining.

The GMB has warned of the policy’s “disastrous” consequences while Unite says the government has a “moral duty” to provide financial support to the sector.

GMB national officer Nadine Houghton said: “The government’s plans for self-quarantining arrivals to the UK will prove disastrous for an already beleaguered aviation industry.

“This is a populist move, made without any real scientific evidence, consultation with the industry or the unions representing hundreds of thousands of workers throughout the sector.

“Aviation jobs aren’t just about airlines, cabin crew and pilots; the aviation industry provides important supply chain jobs to baggage handlers, security, fire crews, taxi drivers and retail workers.

“If the government don’t end this ill thought out policy and step in with a bespoke financial package for aviation then thousands of regional aviation jobs will be lost. It’s not too late for the government to act.”

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: “Covid-19 is the greatest challenge the aviation sector has ever faced and the government’s introduction of quarantine further adds to it.

“This only reinforces the fact that the government has a moral duty to support the aviation industry during this time of crisis, as it has promised to do on numerous occasions.

“While we are not questioning medically based measures, Unite is supportive of positive measures such as air bridges and effective track and tracing all of which help to generate confidence and will boost a return to flying.

“The aviation sector is crying out for an integrated plan a financial support programme to get it back on its feet and is looking to the government for that leadership.”

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