We are only safe when everyone is safe: aviation unions join call for TRIPS Waiver to fight Covid

ITF civil aviation unions today joined growing calls for governments to pass an emergency waiver to enable universal access to Covid-19 vaccines, treatments and equipment. With a devastating second wave tearing its way through the heart of numerous countries – including most notably India – governments are being urged to support the proposal put forward […]


May 6, 2021

It’s time to end oppression and respect workers’ civil liberties

May Day is when workers of the world stop and reflect. We’re seeing so many human rights abuses — workers being denied their right to free association, free speech being suppressed. It is the responsibility of us all to defend our fundamental human rights. The right to strike. The right protest. The right to freedom […]


May 1, 2021

The ITF secures a seat at the Air Traffic Management Operations Panel

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has secured a seat at the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Air Traffic Management Operations Panel (ATMOPSP), where an ITF representative will be present from now on. This important milestone is another step forward in ITF’s continuing effort to make sure the views of its affiliates are listened to […]


April 22, 2021

Airlines recovery in the Arab world

The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike any other crisis encountered by our industry. Thousands of jobs were lost, and the future of aviation post – pandemic is still uncertain. As the world reopens, we must look at how jobs can be retained, workers’ health and safety protected and how union infrastructure can be strengthened to […]


April 6, 2021

ACI and ITF reiterate call to governments to prioritise vaccinations for airport workers

The global bodies representing the world’s airports and airport workers have renewed calls on governments to prioritise the vaccination of aviation workers in the wake of new guidance from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and their latest call with WHO. Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) recognise the unwavering support […]


March 31, 2021

Seafarers, air transport workers must be prioritised for vaccine

Today the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reiterates our strong request for seafarers and aviation workers to be prioritised by governments in their Covid-19 vaccination programmes. The ITF welcomes the joint statement from UN bodies last week supporting this position. Covid-19 and its impacts have been felt by none more acutely than transport workers and […]


March 29, 2021

Bangkok’s airport workers still waiting on rights

Ten days since Thailand’s Labour Minister promised to address labour abuse of workers at Bangkok airport, little progress has been made. Hundreds of security staff had protested contractual changes that had stripped them of basic rights, such as access to toilets, lunch breaks and first aid rooms. Those changes included forced resignations and arbitrary dismissals, […]


March 24, 2021

ITF calls on governments for the swift adoption of new ICAO guidance

With passenger demand continuing its free-fall and prospects for an industry turnaround being hampered by government travel restrictions brought on by new COVID-19 variants, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is calling on governments to adopt updated guidance issued today by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART). “There is a clear and urgent need […]


March 15, 2021