Safety at stake in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport when ‘load controllers’ among the hundreds of unionized ground crew workers took to the picket lines to protest labour conditions.
The absence of a group of 20 unionized load controllers — specialists who are responsible for managing the weight distribution of aircraft, is raising questions about the safety of dozens of airline providers departing from Canada’s busiest airport.
‘It’s kind of like you can think of trying to hold the ruler on your finger horizontally. If you put too much weight on one side it’ll tip one way or another.’ says Philippe Lavoie, aerospace expert
More than 700 unionized ground crew workers employed by Swissport Canada went on strike Thursday night after voting to reject a contract deal with their employer.
The members of Teamsters Local 419 handle baggage and cargo, clean cabins, tow planes and perform flight operations tasks for more than 30 airlines — including British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, Delta Airlines, Sunwing, and Air Transat.
To manage the situation, supervisors are working around the clock – ‘From what I have heard, I think one supervisor worked over 24 hours in one day.’ said Harjinder Badial,
“Supervisors are doing our functions and I believe other management was brought over to some of the other flights,” Swissport, staff Davetas said