European Commission must act on Social Agenda Aviation Strategy for Europe

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the largest European workers’ representative in civil aviation, welcomes the European Parliament (EP) resolution on an Aviation Strategy for Europe adopted on 16 February 2017. ETF calls upon the European Commission to follow up on the EP’s social recommendations by turning them into binding legislative proposals and thus contribute […]

February 21, 2017

ATCEUC and ETF stand together against attacks on ATM workers’ rights

“Workers and employers, or their respective organisations, have, in accordance with Community law and national laws and practices, the right to negotiate and conclude collective agreements at the appropriate levels and, in cases of conflicts of interest, to take collective action to defend their interests, including strike action” – Article 28 of the EU Charter […]

February 15, 2017

Third ‘cabin fumes’ incident on American Airlines plane sparks union scrutiny (

A flight crew union has called for regulation of cabin air quality following a third instance of emitting fumes or odor on an American Airlines plane in the past three months. In the latest incident several flight attendants complained of headaches on an Orlando bound flight this week. Eight crew members on flight 1868 from […]

January 27, 2017

Strong support for British Airways cabin crew in strike against poverty pay (

Day one of a three day strike by cabin crew working for British Airways’ mixed fleet was being strongly supported today (Thursday 19 January), with striking crew members joining picket lines at Heathrow Airport to protest over poverty pay. Drawing massive support from airport workers and the public, the members of Britain’s largest union, Unite […]

January 20, 2017

ETF calls upon Aviapartner to respect its workers

Today, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and its affiliates from  Belgium, Germany and Italy are leafleting workers at Aviapartner to raise  awareness about the problems they are facing with the company’s management. Despite numerous attempts to engage into social dialogue, there is a persisting  lack of good industrial relations between the workers and the […]

January 17, 2017

Chilean unions in solidarity with BA mixed fleet workers

BA mixed fleet workers met in Santiago with solidarity messages from ITF affiliated unions in Chile. The message is clear from workers world wide, #Stronger together.  #fatcatwednesday was Monday for Willie Walsh and Tuesday for Alex Cruz @British_Airways  #BAlowpaynoway  #MFUnite  

January 5, 2017

BA cabin crew to stage 48-hour strike (

British Airways cabin crew are to stage a 48-hour strike after rejecting an offer aimed at resolving a pay dispute. The union said the strike had been called in a bid to improve the “poverty pay” of cabin crew employed in its mixed fleet who have joined the airline since 2010. Mixed fleet cabin crew […]

Trolley dolly folly: Many airlines shamelessly exploit female sexuality

The Economist, explains how many airlines have reverted to backward practices that objectify women cabin crew. Unions have long fought, so that airlines, travellers and the general public value the major health and safety role that cabin crew workers play and this article sites practices that are alarming on grounds of worker rights and could pose […]