PCS has launched a new pamphlet entitled Aviation Democracy: the case for public ownership of the aviation sector to protect jobs and the planet.
The pamphlet sets out the historical context through which the aviation industry has evolved (privatisations, segmentation, and consequent impact on jobs) and situates it in the current circumstances we face - the huge impact of the Covid crisis, climate change and automation.
In line with PCS policy, the document advocates for a different approach to aviation that takes these circumstances into account, arguing that going back to pre-pandemic expansion plans is both untenable and unlikely to protect jobs, but that an alternative ownership model is required if the industry is to make the changes we propose.
This lines up with the recent demands by our fellow trade unions in aviation for the government to intervene in the sector, including a measure of public ownership, for job protection and /or a plan for retraining and redeployment of workers on decarbonisation projects.
To give credit where it is due, the pamphlet was researched and written by PCS Policy Officer Sam Mason, with some contributions from the Group President. Any feedback is welcome, please send this to Midsbargaining@pcs.org.uk in the first instance.