Global supply chain alliance set to build union power

13.12.2012

A new global alliance, covering workers across the aeronautical supply chain, has been launched in a bid to bolster union strength.

The Components to Carriers initiative, led by the ITF and its global union partner IndustriALL Global Union, will provide unions with the opportunity to share best practice, foster solidarity action and develop joint strategies to help build union power. It will also enable activists to map union strength in strategic locations and collect intelligence on global corporations and shifts in the supply chain.

Representatives from the ITF’s ground staff committee and civil aviation section and IndustriALL’s aerospace section meeting have recognized the potential of connecting groups of workers across the aeronautical industry. They are leading the Components to Carriers work through a joint ITF/IndustriALL working group.

The alliance will involve unionists representing a range of specific areas – from aircraft manufacturing and logistics to maintenance, repair and overhaul operations.

ITF organizing globally coordinator Ingo Marowsky said, “Connections between unions representing different types of workers are vital if we want to influence the global supply chain. It’s important that we understand the ‘big picture’ and get ahead of the game.”

Rob Johnston, IndustriALL Executive Director responsible for Aerospace, said, “Our new alliance will be a powerful force for change and bring together workers in vitally important sectors.”

For further information and details of how to get involved visit:

http://www.itfglobal.org/civil-aviation/components-to-carriers.cfm