ITF and ETF say stop TISA

ITF and ETF are blasting the EU for exporting transport privatisation & deregulation As new secret documents are leaked, see the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the European Transport Workers’ Federation have joined other global union organisations in blasting the EU for pushing other governments to privatise and deregulate as part of negotiations for […]

October 17, 2016

Joint EI, PSI, EPSU, UNI, IUF & ITF press release: Time to stop the talks – TiSA negotiations must be brought to a halt

Newly released Wikileaks documents make it clear that the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is no more than a corporate power grab and that negotiations must be stopped. The documents can be seen at The wide scope of the deregulatory agenda and attack on democratic governance has been exposed. The EU is attempting to […]

October 14, 2016

Swissport unions in Africa resolve to strengthen union network

Union representatives from the African civil aviation affiliates of the ITF discussed the common issues they face at Swissport, a major multinational ground handling company, headquartered in Switzerland. The company is a major player in the sector. It employs more than 61,000 worldwide and operates in 48 countries. The global ground handling sector is highly […]

October 12, 2016

ETF Solidarity statement with TUIfly workers

The ETF and all of its affiliates are following the recent developments in German aviation with great concern. On behalf of 270,000 aviation workers the ETF represents all over Europe, we would like to express our support to ver.di members and aviation workers in Germany and tell them that they are not alone in their […]

October 7, 2016

ITF civil aviation unions lobbying over the big issues at the ICAO Assembly

ITF civil aviation unions from across the world are lobbying their governments on key worker and industry issues at ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization)* 39th Triennial Assembly, in Montreal. The ITF presented two working papers and two information papers during the Assembly which began on 24 September. Civil aviation representatives from governments are a large […]

October 3, 2016

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