Ryanair pulls staff and planes out of Marseille in row over contracts (theguardian.com)

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, the unflinching king of cost-cutting, may finally have met his match in the strictness of French employment law. The Irish low-cost airline will close its only French base in Marseille this week in the latest round of a bitter war with French authorities. O’Leary has been engaged in a stand-off with […]

March 30, 2015

Air Canada flight 624 crash: a message from cupe’s airline division (cupe.ca)

CUPE’s Airline Division and its many thousands of Canadian flight attendant members from across the country collectively breathed a sigh of relief at the news that all 132 passengers and 5 crew members had made it out safely after Air Canada flight 624 crash-landed in Halifax. “Words can’t express how relieved we all feel,” said […]

EASA recommends minimum two crew in the cockpit (easa.europa.eu)

EASA publishes today a  temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment at all times of the flight. Airlines should re-assess the safety and security risks associated with a flight crew leaving the cockpit due to operational or physiological needs. […]

March 27, 2015

Frankfurt aviation strikers thank ITF/ETF for support

The ver.di union in Germany has thanked the ITF and its European arm the ETF for their support for nearly 1,000 workers at Acciona Airport Services in Frankfurt who took strike action on 20 March. Acciona is one of three major ground handling companies at Frankfurt Airport and pays the lowest. The workers are demanding […]

March 26, 2015

Airbus expects unions to target A320 FAL in Alabama (flightglobal.com)

Airbus already has developed a strategy to counter an internally expected move by labour unions to organize the A320 final assembly line that opens later this year in Alabama. “I don’t think there’s any question that organised labour will want to try to approach our employees there,” Alan McArtor, chairman and chief executive of the […]

Ryanair pilot requests police after protesting workers surround plane at Copenhagen Airport and block it from taking off for THREE HOURS (dailymail.co.uk)

A Ryanair pilot was forced to request police assistance after Danish workers surrounded the carrier’s first flight from Copenhagen to Dublin and prevented it from leaving, said airport officials. Passengers and crew were stranded for three hours as dozens of employees held a protest over Ryanair’s refusal to enter into a collective bargaining agreement with […]

March 24, 2015

Solidairty with Acciona workers

On behalf of the 4.5 million transport workers organized by the International Transport Workers’ Federation worldwide and 3.5 million transport workers organized across Europe by the European Transport Workers’ Federation, we would like to express our support to workers of Acciona Airport Services in Frankfurt (Germany) who have decided to launch an industrial action. At […]

March 23, 2015

ITF to strengthen work on cabin air quality and aviation FOCs

The ITF is stepping up its ability to oppose aviation flags of convenience (FOC) and fight for safe cabin and airport air quality, the federation told delegates at its cabin crew committee meeting in London on 26-27 February. Participants were informed that the ITF had established a new air quality working group, which met for […]

March 16, 2015