Labour – Solidaridad Y Voluntariado http://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/ Thu, 26 May 2022 21:53:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Labour – Solidaridad Y Voluntariado http://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/ 32 32 Labor provides more congestion for Aucklanders https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/labor-provides-more-congestion-for-aucklanders/ Thu, 26 May 2022 21:53:00 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/labor-provides-more-congestion-for-aucklanders/ Friday, May 27, 2022, 9:53 a.m.Press release: New Zealand National Party The lack of labor delivery in Auckland’s transport over the past five years means congestion has gotten significantly worse for Aucklanders, National Transport spokesman Simeon Brown said. . “The Automobile Association’s Congestion Report released today confirms what many Aucklanders experience daily: commuters are spending […]]]>

The lack of labor delivery in Auckland’s transport over the past five years means congestion has gotten significantly worse for Aucklanders, National Transport spokesman Simeon Brown said. .

“The Automobile Association’s Congestion Report released today confirms what many Aucklanders experience daily: commuters are spending more time stuck in traffic, and longer.

“Commuters traveling from Papakura to the CBD spend an average of seven additional minutes on the highway each morning compared to 2019. Those traveling from the North Shore to the CBD also spend an additional three minutes in traffic jams compared to the same year.

“This is the time that motorists will not return. Parents spend less time at home with their children and people have less time to do the things they love.

“As congestion has worsened in Auckland, Labor has spent the past four and a half years in endless discussions and task forces for Auckland’s light rail, which they promised would be completed until to Mount Roskill by 2021.

“While Labor has failed to deliver on its light rail promises, there has also been no progress on critical routes around Auckland such as Mill Road or Penlink which would significantly improve the road network from Auckland.

“$50 million wasted on a canceled cycle bridge as the east-west link was removed and the eastern rail line is less than half complete.

“If the Labor Party had not canceled so many critical infrastructure projects in Auckland and indeed continued to deliver, Aucklanders would not face worsening congestion and would have more transport choices.”

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Saskatchewan. Roughriders players show up for training despite labor dispute https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/saskatchewan-roughriders-players-show-up-for-training-despite-labor-dispute/ Tue, 24 May 2022 20:21:47 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/saskatchewan-roughriders-players-show-up-for-training-despite-labor-dispute/ The Saskatchewan Roughriders continued training Monday at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon despite CFL players rejecting the new collective agreement with the league. “There’s not much of an update right now. We’ve had a call to go over the next steps for voting,” said Riders kicker Brett Lauther, team representative to the IAAF. CFL Players Association. […]]]>

The Saskatchewan Roughriders continued training Monday at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon despite CFL players rejecting the new collective agreement with the league.

“There’s not much of an update right now. We’ve had a call to go over the next steps for voting,” said Riders kicker Brett Lauther, team representative to the IAAF. CFL Players Association.

“Both sides want to do something and obviously the members didn’t think the ratification was good enough.”

Lauther says he would have thought the deal would have been done, based on what he heard from other teams in the league. He thought it seemed like a “fairly fair deal across the board”, but acknowledged some sticking points.

The CFLPA executive had recommended acceptance of the deal, which included increases to the CFL’s salary cap and minimum wage. It also included a revenue-sharing formula for the union and gave players the option of having the last year of their contracts guaranteed for up to 50%.

While the ABC has called for a return to padded workouts – one hour a week during the regular season to a maximum of 12 – it has extended medical coverage for retired players to five years from three.

The deal also saw the number of Canadian starters increase from seven to eight, but that would include a nationalized Canadian — an American who has spent five years in the CFL or at least three with the same team. Additionally, three other nationalized Canadians could play up to 49% of all snaps on either side of the ball.

This bothered many current Canadian players, to the point that there were legitimate concerns about whether the CBA would be ratified.

“Guys are at different stages in their careers, in (their) lives, yes or no depends on what they want to do,” Lauther said.

“If there’s a strike or a potential loss of games, it’s not good for anyone or the league.”

Coach Craig Dickenson remained focused on the pitch.

“We know things are happening behind closed doors and we respect the process and we keep moving forward,” he said.

Dickenson wasn’t surprised the players showed up to practice at Griffiths Stadium.

“These guys want to play, they love football and that’s why they are here.”

The Roughriders are scheduled to face the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next week, but if a deal isn’t reached soon, the players could miss practice.

“Obviously we’re not just going to keep training if nothing is done in the short time,” Lauther said.

“We’ll see what happens in the next few days.”


With files from The Canadian Press

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New Zealand Labor government budget imposes new burdens on the working class https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/new-zealand-labor-government-budget-imposes-new-burdens-on-the-working-class/ Mon, 23 May 2022 04:02:53 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/new-zealand-labor-government-budget-imposes-new-burdens-on-the-working-class/ On May 19, the Labor Party-led government in New Zealand, which includes the Greens, announced another business-friendly budget. It will continue and deepen the assault on working people’s living standards while diverting billions to the military and doing nothing to stop the disastrous spread of COVID-19. New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson addressing parliament (Image: […]]]>

On May 19, the Labor Party-led government in New Zealand, which includes the Greens, announced another business-friendly budget. It will continue and deepen the assault on working people’s living standards while diverting billions to the military and doing nothing to stop the disastrous spread of COVID-19.

New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson addressing parliament (Image: Grant Robertson Facebook)

The budget was presented against a backdrop of soaring global inflation – annual inflation in New Zealand is 6.9% – and growing signs of anger among working people. On May 16, 10,000 low-wage health care workers staged a national strike. Disabled and elderly workers protested across the country today after the government said 65,000 of these workers would receive a pay rise of no more than 70 cents an hour over 18 months.

The economy is heavily dependent on exports of dairy and other agricultural products and vulnerable to supply chain disruptions. According to the still overly optimistic Treasury forecast, the economy will grow only 0.1% in each of the second, third and fourth quarters of 2023.

BNZ Bank economists predict that the country will slide into recession due to rising interest rates and inflation. The property bubble, a major source of speculative investment, is set to collapse, with some economists predicting a 10-15% drop in prices.

The ruling class is clearly nervous about the shift to the left and the increase in workers’ struggles internationally. Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the budget was “driven by how we can support the general well-being of New Zealanders” and “deal with the pressures of the cost of living”, while adopting a “responsible budgetary approach to limit the debt”.

The media trumpeted “record” new spending of $6 billion over the next year, however, Robertson himself noted that almost 70% of new operating allocations were focused “on simply satisfying the pressures on costs”, rather than on the growth of public services.

The central figure touted by the government and the media was a $1 billion “cost of living” package. It’s a series of meager one-time donations, including a $350 payment to about two million workers who are paid less than $70,000 a year. This is to be paid over three months at the rate of $27 per week. Welfare recipients, the poorest members of society, are not eligible.

Robertson said Thing that the “temporary and targeted” payment will not “pay for all the inflationary costs that people have”, but that a larger payment would pose an “inflationary risk”.

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Baby born on flight named ‘Sky’ after woman went into early labor https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/baby-born-on-flight-named-sky-after-woman-went-into-early-labor/ Sat, 21 May 2022 13:25:44 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/baby-born-on-flight-named-sky-after-woman-went-into-early-labor/ A woman gives birth to a healthy baby mid-flight. A woman gave birth to a healthy baby in the lavatory of a Frontier Airlines flight to Florida, according to a report in the Independent. The report is based on a Facebook post from the airlines. According to the post, the passenger went into early labor […]]]>

A woman gives birth to a healthy baby mid-flight.

A woman gave birth to a healthy baby in the lavatory of a Frontier Airlines flight to Florida, according to a report in the Independent. The report is based on a Facebook post from the airlines.

According to the post, the passenger went into early labor while flying from Denver to Orlando. Diana Giraldo, a flight attendant, took the woman to the bathroom and helped her deliver.

Chris Nye, the captain of Frontier Airlines, praised the heroic task of Diana Giraldo in two words: “Exemplary” and “calm”.

“Diana went out of her way again after the flight ended to coordinate our return to Orlando,” the captain said, as mentioned in the Facebook post.

“The whole team really did a great job. I transferred control and flight duties to my first officer while I coordinated the diversion. Dispatch also did a great job suggesting Pensacola airport and arranging a gate and paramedics for us. It was a job well done, and I was happy to see everyone working together to successfully deliver a newborn on an airplane,” Chris Nye added in the post.

The woman kept the newborn’s middle name “Sky” as a tribute to her arrival at high altitude, the airline said, also sharing the photo of the little one.

The post has received over 2,500 likes and over 349 shares on Facebook since its publication.
Users praised the airline’s teamwork and congratulated the woman and the newborn baby.

“Amazing. Great teamwork. Congratulations mom and her baby,” one user wrote.

“Good job bravo congratulations to all this beautiful little wonder she is magnificent”, commented a second Internet user.

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Dutch oppose Brussels labor migration plan, minister says https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/dutch-oppose-brussels-labor-migration-plan-minister-says/ Thu, 19 May 2022 13:51:23 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/dutch-oppose-brussels-labor-migration-plan-minister-says/ The Dutch cabinet opposes European Commission plans to allow more people from third countries to come and work in the Netherlands, Social Affairs Minister Karien van Gennip told MPs on Thursday. Van Gennip said she could not imagine how a new group of workers could be accommodated and warned it could lead to increased tensions […]]]>

The Dutch cabinet opposes European Commission plans to allow more people from third countries to come and work in the Netherlands, Social Affairs Minister Karien van Gennip told MPs on Thursday.

Van Gennip said she could not imagine how a new group of workers could be accommodated and warned it could lead to increased tensions in some parts of the country.

“These people must be able to live somewhere and have a job like everyone else, with decent pay and good working conditions,” she told NOS. The problems facing the current group of seasonal workers must first be solved, the minister said.

Last week, Department of Social Affairs inspectors warned that people moving to the Netherlands to do low-skilled work are living in “increasingly miserable conditions” and that Dutch companies are choosing to use workers cheap foreigners rather than innovating or improving working conditions.

Chief Inspector Rits de Boer also criticized employers who fire workers once they have worked long enough to have more rights, and landlords who provide dirty, expensive accommodation.

The current situation, said De Boer, means that private companies drive labor migration and make money, but society as a whole pays the bill in the form of labor market pressures. housing, public services and the education system.

Given all of this, the Netherlands has little choice but to “orient itself” on “stabilizing the size of the population” and to carry out a fundamental reorientation of what work means, did he declare.

The inspectors’ report was the latest in a series of damning publications on the plight of Eastern European workers in the Netherlands.

Labor shortage

The Commission said earlier this month that admitting workers from countries such as Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia would help ease the labor shortages facing many EU countries. EU.

The cabinet has not yet given an official reaction to the Commission’s proposals.

However, Van Gennip said one option to solve the labor shortage in the Netherlands was to tap into the ranks of the unemployed, encourage part-time workers to work longer hours and focus on other EU countries, such as France and Spain, with high numbers of unemployed young people, NOS said.

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Labor seeks to increase pressure on Tory MPs with bumper vote in Commons https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/labor-seeks-to-increase-pressure-on-tory-mps-with-bumper-vote-in-commons/ Tue, 17 May 2022 02:11:45 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/labor-seeks-to-increase-pressure-on-tory-mps-with-bumper-vote-in-commons/ Tory MPs are facing fresh pressure to back a one-off windfall tax on oil and gas producers in a bid to cut energy bills. On Tuesday, Labor will seek to force a Commons vote on its amendment which expresses regret for the omission of politics from the Queen’s Speech. It comes as MPs debate ‘tackling […]]]>

Tory MPs are facing fresh pressure to back a one-off windfall tax on oil and gas producers in a bid to cut energy bills.

On Tuesday, Labor will seek to force a Commons vote on its amendment which expresses regret for the omission of politics from the Queen’s Speech.

It comes as MPs debate ‘tackling short and long term cost of living increases’ on day five of the Queen’s Speech debate.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak recently told the BBC that he was not “naturally attracted” to a windfall tax, but would be “pragmatic about it” given the profits these companies made due to the high prices.

BP and Shell announced bumper profits earlier this year as energy prices soared.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he was not ‘naturally attracted’ to a windfall tax, but would be ‘pragmatic about it’ (Oli Scarff/PA)

In February, MPs backed a Labor motion for the new windfall tax to be imposed on North Sea producers to fund a family and business support scheme.

But Tory MPs abstained and the government was not forced to act because the motion was not binding.

Ed Miliband, shadow and net zero climate change secretary, said of Tuesday’s vote: ‘As energy bills soar at record highs for millions of families, it is shameful that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak are still refusing to support a one-off tax that could help tackle the cost of living crisis.

“Today Labor will give MPs another chance to back our one-off windfall tax on oil and gas producers’ profits to drive down bills.

“This just and principled measure now enjoys the support of business, unions, all political walks of life and, most importantly, the overwhelming majority of the public.

“Tory MPs must now join the British people in calling for a windfall tax – or explaining why they continue to oppose measures that would ease the cost of living crisis.”

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BBC’s Sophie Raworth slams Ed Miliband as Labor MP struggles to defend party ballot | Politics | News https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/bbcs-sophie-raworth-slams-ed-miliband-as-labor-mp-struggles-to-defend-party-ballot-politics-news/ Sun, 15 May 2022 10:13:00 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/bbcs-sophie-raworth-slams-ed-miliband-as-labor-mp-struggles-to-defend-party-ballot-politics-news/ BBC Sunday morning host Sophie Raworth took Ed Miliband to task this morning as she claimed Labor is set to ‘soar in the polls’. Ms Raworth said the Boris Johnson partygate scandal, coupled with the devastating cost of living crisis, should see Labor polling significantly ahead of the Tories – not ‘just five points ahead’. […]]]>

BBC Sunday morning host Sophie Raworth took Ed Miliband to task this morning as she claimed Labor is set to ‘soar in the polls’. Ms Raworth said the Boris Johnson partygate scandal, coupled with the devastating cost of living crisis, should see Labor polling significantly ahead of the Tories – not ‘just five points ahead’. The Labor MP struggled to defend his party’s standing among voters as he became visibly irritated and frustrated on air.

Mr Miliband said: “We have changed since 2019, we have listened to voters.

“Our job is to make change, and that’s the next phase of Keir’s leadership, which we’re doing with the windfall tax and climate investment pledge. He’s making tremendous progress.”

Ms Raworth hit back: “But you’re still only five points ahead. Shouldn’t you be ahead in the polls?

“You have Boris Johnson who has been fined for breaking his own Covid rules.”

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The BBC host continued: “You have over 100 fines in Downing Street and Whitehall.

“You have energy and fuel bills that are going up. Why isn’t that showing up in the polls?”

Mr Miliband replied: “As a leader, I have learned that you don’t look at the polls, but look at the real results.

“And these real results show progress. Keir is not only someone of decency and integrity, Keir has his eye on the prize.

“He knew when he took over that he had a mountain to climb and we are climbing the mountain.”

Chris added: “Ed Miliband why does he think yelling makes his point real – what a useless tool.”

Overnight polling data from Opinium Research for Progressive Britain suggested Labor could win over Conservative voters by sticking to the cost of living in its messaging.

Chris Curtis, head of political polls at Opinium, said: ‘Labour‘s lead in last week’s local election would have been good enough to put Keir Starmer in Downing Street.

‘However, our report makes it clear that the Tory voters Labor must win over will only make the switch in a general election if they are confident that Labor can competently manage the economy.’

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FBU votes to stay affiliated, but source says ‘real discontent’ remains – LabourList https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/fbu-votes-to-stay-affiliated-but-source-says-real-discontent-remains-labourlist/ Fri, 13 May 2022 10:06:16 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/fbu-votes-to-stay-affiliated-but-source-says-real-discontent-remains-labourlist/ FBU conference delegates voted to remain affiliated with Labor by a vote of 75 to 25, but a source said work list that there remains “genuine discontent” within the organization. The Fire Union this morning passed a motion that Labor under Keir Starmer has ‘apparently tried to purge itself of socialists, has actively distanced itself […]]]>

FBU conference delegates voted to remain affiliated with Labor by a vote of 75 to 25, but a source said work list that there remains “genuine discontent” within the organization.

The Fire Union this morning passed a motion that Labor under Keir Starmer has ‘apparently tried to purge itself of socialists, has actively distanced itself from working people and sought alignment with big business’.

He added: “The Conference is no longer convinced that the aims and objectives of the Labor Party mirror those of the FBU. In this spirit, the conference calls on the FBU to disaffiliate itself from the Labor Party at the national level with immediate effect.

FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said PolicyHome before the vote: “Any union with a healthy democracy will constantly have debates about what the union supports and who it is affiliated with.

“It’s no different. In the view of the FBU executive board, it makes sense for unions to fight for ideas that will improve the lives of workers in a party rooted in worker representation.

“But I want to be clear that we will fight for these ideas. Starmer must start wholeheartedly supporting policies that will radically improve lives, such as public ownership and the complete repeal of anti-union laws, or risk losing support in many quarters.

The motion was put forward by the union’s Merseyside branch, and supporters told PoliticsHome it was prompted primarily by Starmer’s decision to write an article for The sun Last year. The newspaper was widely boycotted in the region for its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

The Bakers’ Union (BFAWU) announced its decision to disaffiliate from Labor at its annual party conference in September 2021. The organization accuses Keir Starmer of waging an ‘internal factional war’ instead of focusing on a “real change”.

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, will also vote on a motion to disaffiliate from the party at its congress which will begin on May 16. work list understands that the outcome is very uncertain, with key people in the union expecting a limited outcome.

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Labor leader’s praise for former Waveney MP Bob Blizzard https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/labor-leaders-praise-for-former-waveney-mp-bob-blizzard/ Wed, 11 May 2022 09:49:00 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/labor-leaders-praise-for-former-waveney-mp-bob-blizzard/ Published: 10:49 am May 11, 2022 Sir Keir Starmer has hailed former Waveney MP Bob Blizzard after his death last week. The Labor leader paid tribute to the 71-year-old, who remains the only non-Conservative candidate to hold the Waveney seat since it was established in 1983. Mr Blizzard’s win was one of many wins for […]]]>

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Sir Keir Starmer has hailed former Waveney MP Bob Blizzard after his death last week.

The Labor leader paid tribute to the 71-year-old, who remains the only non-Conservative candidate to hold the Waveney seat since it was established in 1983.

Mr Blizzard’s win was one of many wins for Tony Blair’s government in his historic landslide victory in 1997, and he retained the seat until losing by just 769 votes to Peter Aldous in 2010.


Former Waveney MP Bob Blizzard in Beccles.
– Credit: Nick Butcher

Sir Keir said: “It’s incredibly sad to hear of Bob Blizzard’s death.

“His committed service to the people of Waveney has made him an inspiration to so many Labor Party members across Suffolk.

“He brought his joie de vivre to everything he did.

“My thoughts are with his family and friends.”

In parliament, Mr Blizzard was appointed Deputy Treasury Whip in 2007, before being promoted to Lord Commissioner of the Treasury after a cabinet reshuffle the following year.

Prior to his time at Westminster, Mr Blizzard served as Leader of Waveney District Council for six years, having been elected to the authority in 1987.

Former District Councilor Brian Hunter said: “Having known Bob throughout his public service as Waveney District Councilor and Leader of Council, I had the privilege of being his Labor election agent when he was elected Labor MP for Waveney.

“His leadership in this role has been acclaimed by everyone he came in contact with.

“He represented not only the district of Waveney, but also many people taking charge of their issues and anxieties.

“A passionate supporter of the Third River Crossing, the success we have today is due in large part to Bob’s perseverance and persistence in promoting the case for eventual acceptance.

“His stated mandate for the Waveney constituency was ‘You know Bob and Bob knows Waveney’ – a commitment Bob fulfilled whoever he came into contact with or whatever he was called upon to promote or represent.

“Bob was so proud to have the responsibility of an MP, just as I’m sure so many local people were proud to have known him.”

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How airport labor shortages are slowing the resurgence of the aviation industry https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/how-airport-labor-shortages-are-slowing-the-resurgence-of-the-aviation-industry/ Mon, 09 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://solidaridadyvoluntariado.org/how-airport-labor-shortages-are-slowing-the-resurgence-of-the-aviation-industry/ Travelers arrive at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport on April 20.Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press The aviation industry’s attempt to return to the skies is weighed down by an earthly problem: not enough workers. Canadian airlines are restoring routes to meet pent-up demand from customers who have not flown during the pandemic. But a surge in holidays and […]]]>

Travelers arrive at Montreal’s Trudeau Airport on April 20.Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

The aviation industry’s attempt to return to the skies is weighed down by an earthly problem: not enough workers.

Canadian airlines are restoring routes to meet pent-up demand from customers who have not flown during the pandemic. But a surge in holidays and visits to family and friends has been met with a shortage of people to load luggage and carry out customs and security checks. This, along with ongoing pandemic health measures, adds to the time it takes passengers to get from the terminal to the tarmac, or vice versa.

Laura Tilley, of London, Ont., flew to Toronto Pearson Airport from Punta Cana on May 2 with Air Canada. Once she and her family landed, she said, they waited on their plane for four hours before being allowed to disembark.

“The captain told us there were nine planes ahead of us waiting to take off,” said Ms Tilley, 24. “I could tell the cabin crew were equally upset. It was frustrating being on the tarmac for as long as we were in the air.

When she finally arrived inside the terminal, she found that the customs and baggage claim areas were filled with long lines of disorganized passengers. “People were so frustrated sitting on planes that they were just cutting lines,” Ms Tilley said.

As passengers line up, companies, contactors and government agencies responsible for airport operations blame each other for the problem.

Operators of some of Canada’s busiest airports say government agencies are to blame for long lines, as these agencies are responsible for understaffed customs and security checkpoints. The agencies, in turn, say the private contractors they rely on to staff those jobs were unprepared for the surge in passengers.

And entrepreneurs say they’re trying to hire more people, but are having a hard time because the job market is tight. Canada’s unemployment rate fell to 5.2% in April, the lowest rate since 1976.

The figures provided by the federal government illustrate the strong recovery of air transport. On May 1, security officers screened a total of 121,000 people at the country’s eight largest airports. On the same day a year ago, they only checked 15,000.

Although Air Canada continues to lose money, it expects to operate 90% of its pre-pandemic schedule this summer.

In the first three months of 2022, the airline carried more than five million passengers. That’s about five times the number of flights flown in the first quarter of 2021. Air Canada kept most of its pilots on staff even when its planes were grounded during the pandemic, and it recalled flight attendants .

This has allowed it to avoid the flight crew shortages that have gripped many airlines around the world, Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said. But he added the airline needed to hire more support staff – the people who load baggage and prepare planes.

Delays at any stage of the check-in or disembarkation process can accumulate. “By forcing us to hold planes at arrival gates longer than scheduled, they can’t be loaded and turned around as quickly,” Mr Fitzpatrick said. “Schedules for cleaners and caterers may be disrupted and crews may be delayed for their next flights.”

Jacques Roy, professor of logistics at HEC Montreal, said longer lines, increased wait times and shortages of security screening personnel are caused by labor shortages, as well as by the fee-based revenue models that privately run airports rely on.

Since 1996, most major airports in Canada have been run by not-for-profit corporations that pay rent to the federal government and fund their operations with fees charged to airlines, passengers and support companies. It’s a business model that failed when the flow of passengers stopped.

“These revenues are important because if airports only rely on the landing fees they receive from airlines, this is not enough to modernize their facilities and improve services,” Professor Roy said.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Toronto’s Pearson Airport, said the government should drop some of its pandemic health measures to streamline arrival and departure procedures and reduce queues. These measures include health questions at check-in and random COVID-19 testing for people arriving from outside Canada.

“Whereas before the pandemic it took an average of 30 seconds for an agent to process an arriving international passenger, today the process can take two to four times longer,” said Ryan White, spokesperson for the GTAA. “With an average of over 30,000 international passengers arriving per day at the moment – ​​estimated to reach 45,000 per day by summer – every second counts and impacts passenger flow.”

Allied Universal Security Services, which provides passenger screening services for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) in British Columbia and the Yukon, said travelers are returning, but workers are not.

The company had 1,000 officers working for CATSA before the pandemic. It is now looking to add 300, but only has about 100 in training, according to Allies spokeswoman Sherita Coffelt.

Barry Prentice, a transportation professor at the University of Manitoba, said check-in and security processes at Canada’s airports are behind schedule for streamlining. The pandemic-related health checks come on top of screening measures put in place after the September 11 attacks, which had already made procedures slower and more expensive.

“It’s time we changed the way we do things,” he said. “Controlling everyone as if they were a hostile alien every time they pass by is ridiculous.”

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