ETF welcomes Council’s general approach to SES2+

As one of the key stakeholders in the Single European Sky (SES) process and representative of more than 25,000 Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) staff in Europe, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) welcomes the general approach adopted by the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council meeting today. At the same time, […]

December 3, 2014

Wizz Air: Stop union-busting now!

Wizz Air is a low-cost airline based in Central and Eastern Europe that proudly says on its website “we believe that people make all the difference”. They add that the company “believes in high ethical standards driven by an excellent team-player approach”. But that “ethical” approach doesn’t include trade unions. Earlier this year, a couple […]

November 27, 2014

Civil Aviation Section creates an Air Quality Working Group

On 12 November, the Section Committee of the ITF decided to establish an Air Quality Working Group to more powerfully and systematically raise awareness and find solutions to poor air quality in aircraft and at airports. The ITF has long-recognised the negative safety and health implications of exposure to engine oil fumes on commercial and cargo aircraft. Airline […]

November 21, 2014

Qatar country with fourth highest rate of slavery: NGO (

Qatar was ranked fourth in a global ranking of countries where slavery is most prevalent, a rights group said on Monday. The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based human rights group, estimated in its global index that almost 36 million people are living as slaves across the globe, and listed Mauritania, Uzbekistan, Haiti, Qatar and India […]

November 20, 2014

ITF calls for Colombian govt action over Avianca exploitation

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has called on the Colombian government to enforce national law and hold the Avianca airline to account over its continued use of fake ‘co-operatives’ as a way of ducking its responsibilities to employees. The practice of setting up fake ‘associated workco-operatives’ has become such a problem in Colombia that […]

Parat urges Norway to end Qatar Airways’ operations

ITF affiliate Parat in Norway has urged the Norwegian authorities to revoke Qatar Airways’ right to operate flights from the country because the company “systematically undermines the rights of its Parat has long highlighted poor working conditions in Qatar Airways. Its claims have been backed by a new book by Norwegian journalist Pål Vegard Hagesæther, […]

November 3, 2014

SkyTeam unions land in Atlanta to support Delta flight attendants (

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)-affiliated unions from the SkyTeam airline alliance today held strategic meetings and informational picketing at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta’s largest hub, to support Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants’ campaign for IAM representation. ITF-affiliate unions from Europe, South America and Africa, […]

October 30, 2014

Ryanair ordered to pay €8.3m by French court (

A French court has ruled that Irish low cost airline Ryanair must pay €8.1m (£6.4m) in damages and €200,000 in fines for breaches of French labour laws. An appeal court in Aix-en-Provence found the company guilty of paying workers under Irish contracts to avoid making French social security payments. The case refers to Ryanair staff […]

October 28, 2014