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ITF EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN FLIGHT ATTENDANTS DURING WASHINGTON MEETING

 ITF EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN FLIGHT ATTENDANTS
 DURING WASHINGTON MEETING
 WASHINGTON, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cabin Crew Technical Committee of the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) expressed support for the 450 Canadian flight attendants locked-out at Nationair and condemned the "union-busting" activities of the airline's owner, Robert Obadia.
 "We are gravely concerned that Nationair is operating services to many countries using newly recruited, strike-breaking employees who are inadequately trained and lack experience in aviation safety," said David Cockroft, ITF's assistant general secretary. "We call on the Canadian aviation authorities, as well as those in other countries in which Nationair operates, to closely monitor the quality of safety on the airline's flights."
 Citing extremely low pay and substandard working conditions at the charter airline, Cockroft also called on other aviation unions to take action and rally around the replaced Nationair flight attendants, who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
 The announcement was made at the ITF's annual Cabin Crew Technical Committee meeting, hosted this year by the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, the largest flight attendant union in the world.
 The ITF represents more than 5 million members, from 400 labor unions in 100 countries. The organization is headquartered in London.
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 /CONTACT: David Melancon of the Association of Flight Attendants, 202-328-5891/ CO: International Transport Workers' Federation; Association of
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