Global Labour University

ICDD Public Talk: Health, safety and security: The everyday struggles of cabin crew workers in Aerolíneas Argentinas

On June 3, 2022, ICDD will host a public talk with Sara Cufré, a Labor Sociology Researcher from the Center of Labor Studies and Research (CEIL) in Argentina.

She will examine the current crisis in aviation due to Covid-19 containment policies has accelerated the processes of flexibilization and precarity that have been going on for decades, since the 1980s. This talk draws upon workers' resistance in Aerolíneas Argentinas, a full-service carrier (FSC) airline with stable, well-paid jobs and a strong union tradition.

It analyzes how cabin crew members organize and resist the processes of intensified exploitation of their labouring bodies during the first period of the company's renationalization between 2008 and 2015. The focus is on worker-led actions that adapt and reinterpret union tradition on health and safety and how they relate to the day-to-day self-medication strategies, pain, and risk reduction. These self-care practices, both the individual and collective, involve specific expertise on safety and security that is crucial for workers to deal with fatigue.

Register for the event here.

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