TiSA endangers coasts and foresees “lawless” seas and skies, say ITF and Greenpeace Netherlands

Today’s release at a press conference in Geneva by Greenpeace Netherlands of a revised secret text on maritime services from the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) – an international trade treaty being negotiated between 23 parties, including the European Union and the United States – has not dispelled fears that years of rules developed […]


September 20, 2016

EU-Qatar Deal must include aviation workers’ rights (ETF Press Release)

On the eve of the first negotiation round between the EU and Qatar on a horizontal air transport agreement taking place from 19 – 21 September 2016 in Doha, the ETF reiterates its demand that such type of agreements must contribute to a social progress for all aviation workers. Further liberalisation of air transport without […]


September 14, 2016

New contract to benefit thousands of UPS pilots

More than 2,500 pilots at UPS Airlines will benefit from a new five-year labour agreement negotiated by ITF union the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and ratified by a vast majority of the company’s pilots. Over 98 per cent of eligible union members cast their votes, and more than 91 per cent ratified the agreement, which […]


September 5, 2016

Qantas reaps record profits: What about security and safety situation asks the TWU?

Australia’s main airline carrier group Qantas announced last week a record annual profit of A$1.42bn ($1.1bn, £820m), nearly doubling last year’s result. A portion of this huge profit increase was attributed to savings on jet fuel, due to plunging global oil prices. However, destruction of jobs and conditions played a critical role as was explained […]


September 1, 2016

UPS pilots ratify new contract (press release from the ITF affiliated Independent Pilots Association)

UPS pilots, represented by the Independent Pilots Association, yesterday ratified a new five-year labour agreement. The contract ratified with more than 91 per cent of the vote, with more than 98 per cent of the eligible members casting ballots. The collective bargaining agreement, which goes into effect today, covers the more than 2,500 union pilots […]


Working amid a turbulent few decades in the airline industry (theatlantic.com)

By Adrienne Green Over 32 years at American Airlines, Paul Mozeak has witnessed a merger, a bankruptcy, and a new approach to airport security. When Paul Mozeak started working at American Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the country, as a part-time baggage handler, he had no idea that he’d be at the company […]


August 24, 2016

Commercialisation & Privatisation of Air Traffic Control Conference

Save the Date! In line with the general economic trend, since 1987, many national governments have experimented with some form of commercialisation of air navigation services. Commercialisation is a broad term that encompasses the introduction of a range of practices from providing ANSPs with varying degrees of operational flexibility to full privatisation. For most commercialised […]


August 22, 2016

Qatar Airways’ crew members praised in Istanbul emergency landing drama

On 18 August 2016, a Qatar Airways passenger plane has made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport due to an engine fire believed to have been caused by a bird strike. Thanks to the professionalism of the cockpit and cabin crew as well as the firefighters and the airport’s airside workers, all 298 passengers […]


August 19, 2016