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Consensus eludes ILO conference. (International Labor Organization meeting on civil aviation)

Consensus eludes ILO conference Geneva--Disagreement marked just about every phase of the International Labor Organization's meeting on civil aviation here in mid-October. The conference, the ILO's first foray into the civil-aviation field since 1977, ended without any formal recommendations or conclusions, though worker experts offered some proposals that were brushed aside by employers.

During the course of 14 sessions, 30 civil-aviation experts--10 from governments, 10 from employers and 10 from worker groups-- and their advisers, together with observers from many international organizations, grappled to no avail with the subject, "Structural change in civil aviation: Implications for airline managments and personnel," which the ILO governing body selected as the agenda.

Even in the concluding phase of the meeting, no agreement was reached on the worker experts' desire that ILO establish a standing committee on civil aviation within its program of industrial activities and that a civil-aviation section be created within the ILO secretariat. …

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