El Salvador Airline Servicer Fires 96 Workers for Forming a Union

by Tula Connell

Workers at AERODESPACHOS in El Salvador sought better job safety--and 96 were fired. Photo: CEAL

Workers at AERODESPACHOS in El Salvador sought better job safety–and 96 were fired. Photo: CEAL

The promotional website for AERODESPACHOS in El Salvador features workers loading airplanes, transporting baggage and servicing engines. Yet while the airline ground services company wants to showcase its workforce, it is unwilling to provide safe working conditions and decent wages, its employees say. And when the ground servicing crew sought to address safety and health issues by forming a union, AERODESPACHOS fired 96 employees—nearly its entire staff—to reduce the number of workers seeking to join a union and so legally disqualify their efforts.

Tell the El Salvadoran government to end its contract with AERODESPACHOS and work to reinstate the employees.

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