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Airport safety and security at risk because of poor working conditions, report shows

June 1, 2016

A report showing poor working conditions are affecting safety and security in air transport has been released by the International Transport Workers’ Federation.

The report shows that a high turnover of lowly-paid, poorly-trained and inexperienced staff leads to less vigilance on security risks and safety hazards.

Sydney International Airport, in particular, was singled out as a location where “at any one time there are hundreds of workers with a temporary pass, those who have not yet had background security checks”.

The reports adds:

  • Average weekly wages across the airport operations industry worldwide did not keep up with inflation, but fell in real terms by 14% from 1991 to 2011.
  • Baggage handlers saw their average hourly wages drop by 45% between 2002 and 2012, while the number of jobs in the area which were subcontracted more than tripled – from 25% to 84%
  • By 2012, even the highest paid subcontracted workers in these ground-based airport occupations earned less in real terms than the average directly-hired worker in the same job a decade ago.

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