British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew overwhelmingly back pay deal and end long running dispute (

Cabin crew working for British Airways’ mixed fleet have overwhelmingly voted to accept a pay deal that brings their long running dispute to an end Britain’s largest union, Unite announced today (Tuesday 31 October). 84 per cent backed the deal which was hammered out in talks between British Airways and their union Unite. As a […]

October 31, 2017

ITF applauds ‘historic breakthrough’ on Qatar kafala

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has backed what it describes as “a historic breakthrough” on eliminating Qatar’s kafala system, which has allowed the exploitation of migrant workers in the Gulf state. Following years of international campaigning against kafala – a form of indentured labour that in practice has equated to often slavelike treatment of […]

October 30, 2017

Breakthrough to end kafala after new commitments from Qatar on workers’ rights (

The International Trade Union Confederation welcomes the breakthrough from the Government of Qatar to end the kafala system of modern slavery, and plans further meetings with Qatar’s Labour Minister on implementing labour rights for two million migrant workers in the Gulf State. “The new guidance from Qatar signals the start of real reforms in Qatar […]

October 26, 2017

UNI backs ITF defence of Avianca workers’ rights

UNI Global Union has backed the ITF and its unions in their defence of Avianca workers in Colombia. At its world executive board meeting on 10-11 October, UNI expressed concern over Avianca’s violation of the right to freedom of association, collective bargaining and the right to strike, and its failure to comply with labour legislation, […]

October 25, 2017

Airport Strike Over at Toronto Pearson (

The 80-day strike at Pearson Airport by members of Teamsters Local Union 419 is officially over. Swissport workers today [15 October 2017] voted 63% in favour of ratifying a new tentative agreement. The new 3-year agreement contains minor improvements on wages, benefits and scheduling. “I would like to thank our members, mediators and the bargaining committee […]

October 24, 2017

ITF and Qatari government continue talks with aim of safeguarding transport workers’ rights

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) have begun a new round of talks with the Qatari government’s Ministry of Labour and Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the rights of transport workers in Qatar. They are the latest stage of a process begun via initial discussions between the Ministry and the ITF in 2016. In the […]

October 20, 2017

‘Is your life worth $100?’: Aviation experts warn against flying cost-cutter AirAsia (

Aviation experts have warned that saving a buck isn’t worth your life, after a frightening mid-air incident on budget carrier AirAsia on Sunday. AirAsia Indonesia’s QZ535 from Perth to Bali reportedly plummeted 20,000 feet when a technical issue caused the cabin to lose pressure just 25 minutes into the flight, which came after a series […]

October 17, 2017

Colombia’s air traffic controllers union begin ‘work to rule’ in support of Avianca pilots (

Three weeks after 730 Avianca pilots affiliated with the ACDAC union walked-off the job causing widespread disruptions, on Monday, travelers in Bogotá’s El Dorado airport were subject to further delays when air-traffic controllers began a ‘work to rule’ action in support of the pilots. The Asociación Colombiana de Controladores de Tránsito Aéreo (Acdecta) began slowing […]

October 10, 2017