The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is carrying out a worldwide study on stress and fatigue in the aviation industry to strengthen its campaign activities and help win the argument for better working conditions.
A questionnaire, which has been translated into eight different languages, is being sent out to more than 200 trade unions and associations across the world representing ground staff, cabin crew and air traffic services workers.
A team of researchers, including high profile academics from a number of universities, will analyse the data and summarise the study’s findings in a report. It is believed the findings will prove that liberalisation has an impact on staff stress and fatigue levels. It is also anticipated that the survey results, depending on what they reveal, could help persuade employers and governments of the importance of good working conditions, including a stress-free, fatigue-free working environment, for all aviation workers.
Ingo Marowsky, ITF Civil Aviation Section secretary, commented: “We will use the findings from this study to inform our future activities and if necessary step up our campaign for better regulation of work and rest times so that workers are protected against ‘burn out’ and fatigue. We believe that this study, which is being carried out in conjunction with eminent academics from around the world, will provide concrete evidence of a link between liberalisation and staff’s working conditions.”