Working amid a turbulent few decades in the airline industry (

By Adrienne Green Over 32 years at American Airlines, Paul Mozeak has witnessed a merger, a bankruptcy, and a new approach to airport security. When Paul Mozeak started working at American Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the country, as a part-time baggage handler, he had no idea that he’d be at the company […]

August 24, 2016

Commercialisation & Privatisation of Air Traffic Control Conference

Save the Date! In line with the general economic trend, since 1987, many national governments have experimented with some form of commercialisation of air navigation services. Commercialisation is a broad term that encompasses the introduction of a range of practices from providing ANSPs with varying degrees of operational flexibility to full privatisation. For most commercialised […]

August 22, 2016

Qatar Airways’ crew members praised in Istanbul emergency landing drama

On 18 August 2016, a Qatar Airways passenger plane has made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport due to an engine fire believed to have been caused by a bird strike. Thanks to the professionalism of the cockpit and cabin crew as well as the firefighters and the airport’s airside workers, all 298 passengers […]

August 19, 2016

SM Cargo agents vote yes for IAM representation (

Seeking improved working conditions, a better quality of life for their families and fairness on the job, approximately 250 SM Freight Cargo workers today became the newest members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The National Mediation Board conducted the election, with 81 percent of employees voting in favor of IAM […]

August 18, 2016

Lufthansa Technik network established

Trade unions representing workers in Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have established a new global network to build workers’ power in the multinational. Ten leaders from ITF unions met in Berlin, 12 August, to exchange information about their activities in LHT. Around half the workers at LHT are part of ITF unions. LHT is the largest aircraft […]

August 17, 2016

ITF supports call to stop using coup as union busting excuse

ITF general secretary Steve Cotton has protested to Turkey’s prime minister, aviation and transport ministers, and aviation authority, over the suspension of two airport workers. He acted after ITF union BTS (United Trade Union of Transport Employees) alerted the Federation that the two appeared to be victims of an opportunistic attack by airport officials using […]

August 15, 2016

LATAM specialist technicians: 80% have witnessed increasing numbers of incidents

189 of the company’s specialist technicians report A survey answered by 189 maintenance technicians working for LATAM Airlines in Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Colombia has identified for the first time the potential impact on flight safety of changes in maintenance procedures, reductions in personnel, and the replacement of expert workers by less qualified staff. Trade […]

August 9, 2016

TWU-IAM Association, American Airlines agree to industry best wage hikes for 30,000 ground workers, negotiations continue (TWU & IAMAW)

The TWU-IAM Association today announced it has reached an interim agreement with American Airlines to provide approximately 30,000 ground workers industry-leading wage rates, a lump sum payment and retirement improvements. Both sides will continue joint contract negotiations to resolve outstanding issues. “Association members at American Airlines will receive the industry-best wages they deserve now,” said […]

August 5, 2016