Your Component leadership, Hotel Committee, and OHS Committee have been following the events in Paris, France closely. To date Global Affairs Canada has not issued a travel advisory against Travel.
That said, when travelling to countries in a time of heated politics your union recommends the following:
– Visit the Global Affairs website regularly, or download the government’s Travel Smart app. For your convenience we have provided the links below.
– Make sure to read your company communications to remain aware of any potential operational changes.
– Ensure to let someone from your crew know where you are when you go out, or leave a note in your room. Follow company procedures if you expect to be away from the hotel for an extended period of time.
– Practice good “street smarts” while on layover: Avoid large gatherings and protests, avoid government buildings or locations of political or touristic significance , avoid politically provocative conversation , follow the advice and guidance of local authorities, try to remain aware of the local news while on layover. If in doubt about any local safety issues, consulting the hotel staff can be helpful.
Your union and its many resources remain at your disposal. We have attached a contact sheet, links to the Global Affairs Canada France info page which you may want to download or print, as well as a link to the Global Affairs Canada App (see below).
In the event that you are, or were affected by civil unrest in Paris, please note that injury on duty includes resulting stress related to such potentially traumatic events. Should this be the case please contact the Union. You may also send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Air Canada Component of CUPE