In order to demonstrate the concept of Aviation Workers’ Assemblies, we commissioned a first of its kind workshop in Bristol which was independently facilitated by Involve. Participants included a range of aviation workers from a variety of aerospace companies and aviation students in Bristol.
The aim of the workshop was to demonstrate the application of deliberative democratic processes to workers in a high-carbon sector such as aviation.
It was performed in Bristol, at the Aerospace Bristol museum, and in close proximity to various aerospace factories and design offices including Airbus, GKN, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and Vertical Aerospace. The University of Bristol also features a prominent aviation department.
The three hour workshop was held on the evening of Friday 10th November 2023, to ensure ease of attendance after work. Workshop participants were down-selected from a range of applicants, to ensure a diverse mixture of aviation workers and students – to demonstrate the approach of ‘Sortition’ commonly used for Citizens’ Assemblies and to ensure a representative mix of participants. Participants were offered £50 to attend.
The workshop format was designed with input from an ‘Advisory Group’ consisting of industry, institute (Royal Aeronautical Society) and academic professionals.
Participants were grouped into tables and initially discussed the range of challenges and opportunities facing aviation over the next 15 years . They then heard from various expert speakers (selected by the Advisory Group) who covered their perspective on key topics identified during the first session, followed by a Q&A. The final session involved participants returning to their tables to deliberate on the key challenges and questions they would like to see included in a more in-depth “Workers’ Assembly” on the future of the aviation sector.
If you’d like to find out more or discuss how you can contribute to progressing the concept of Workers’ Assemblies within your region/sector/union etc., please contact us.
Join this webinar on Thursday March 14th 2024 at 12.30-1.30PM GMT to learn about:
– The concept of Workers’ Assemblies
– Why the aviation sector is a perfect testing ground for this approach
– Why we commissioned this workshop in Bristol
– How the workshop was scoped, developed and formatted
– How aviation worker participants were invited and selected
– The results from the workshop
– Next steps and how to get involved