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Factsheet for measure EU-2020-42/1343 – measures in European Union

Trade unions call for aerospace recovery plan

Country European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)
Time period Open ended, started on 16 October 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
Author Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound
Measure added 28 October 2020 (updated 05 November 2020)

Background information

The global COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the aerospace sector, most notably in civil aeronautics. The collapse of commercial flights, resulted in airlines cancelling or postponing new orders leading to disastrous effects on the European manufacturing sector. These included a huge reduction in demand, production cuts, transport restrictions, supply problems, delays, cash-flow problems and the stoppage of some ‘’noncritical’’ work.

On 16 October 2020 the European Trade Union IndustriAll representing, i.a. employees of this sector called for European solutions to rescue it presenting aerospace recovery plan ‘Flying into recovery’.

Content of measure

IndustriAll Europe stress that the European aerospace industry has long been a brilliant example of a truly European industrial project with a high-tech value chain spread right across Europe. Member States are currently scrambling for national solutions, forgetting the sector's European dimension that requires a European solution. European federation is calling for urgent action at European level and the immediate creation of a European Task Force which will implement European solutions to protect the sector and safeguard thousands of high-quality jobs throughout Europe.

IndustriAll Europe calls on EU policy makers to adopt an ambitious industrial recovery plan post COVID-19 that pays due attention to the needs of the aerospace sector and restores the capacity of the sector to generate the cashflows needed to invest in a sustainable future.

Use of measure

The plan is to maintain 600,000 jobs.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Trade unions
European Funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative No involvement
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only trade unions
  • Main level of involvement: EU level


An independent initiative of the European Trade Union IndustriAll.

Views and reactions

Trade unions back their own initiative. The employers' reaction is as yet unknown.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      C - Manufacturing C30 Manufacture of other transport equipment

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2020), Trade unions call for aerospace recovery plan, measure EU-2020-42/1343 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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