The ITF-affiliated Argentinian aviation union, Asociación Del Personal Aeronáutico (APA), organised a strong solidarity action on 23 July, Buenos Aires, to support catering workers in the United States.
On the same day, catering workers from the Unite Here union demonstrated at Reagan National Airport, Washington DC, as part of the fight by thousands of American catering workers’ for better wages and improved working conditions.
Recently, more than 11,000 catering workers in 20 airports across the USA voted to strike by an overwhelming majority.
These workers are some of the lowest paid in the USA, making as little as USD8.46 an hour, forcing them into poverty and unable to afford basic living costs.
Unite Here members sent a video thanking the APA. Ashwini Sukthankar, director of global campaigns at Unite Here, said: “We have found the power and commitment of our Argentinian colleagues very inspiring.”
Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, ITF civil aviation secretary, noted: “The ITF always supports its affiliates to take solidarity action with each other. Catering workers occupy a critical position within our globally integrated industry and the APA’s action sends a clear message that US catering workers are not alone in their fight.”