ITF and Qatari government continue talks under the ILO technical cooperation programme

An ITF delegation, led by ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton, visited Qatar last week to hold discussions with top officials to set a framework for the implementation of the common objectives An ITF delegation, led by ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton, visited Qatar last week to hold discussions with top officials to set a framework […]

March 12, 2018

JetBlue, United And Delta Face Union Pressure As Airlines Remain A Labor Stronghold (

By Ted Reed Photo: ALPA Despite being under attack throughout the U.S., the labor movement remains active in the airline industry, which is experiencing the highest profits in its history. U.S. airlines have been profitable since 2010, reaching a record $25.6 billion in 2015 profits. Typically, carriers have passed gains on to workers in the […]

February 5, 2018

Ryanair confirms it will recognise cabin crew unions

In a statement Ryanair said that as per their historic decision to recognise unions for the first time, which was announced last Friday, they will look to meet with other unions “in due course”. “Ryanair is moving to recognise unions, starting this week with meetings with Irish, German and Portuguese pilot unions. It will lead […]

December 19, 2017

Ryanair Recognizes Unions in Historic Shift to Avert Strike (

By Richard Weiss and Dara Doyle Carrier’s reversal came hours before first planned walkout Shares fall as analysts expect rising costs for Irish airline Ryanair Holdings Plc buckled under pressure from disgruntled pilots and agreed to recognize labor unions in an eleventh-hour move by Europe’s biggest budget airline to avert strikes threatening flight disruptions during […]

December 18, 2017

Q&A: What’s happening with the Ryanair strike? (

Airline says in surprise move it will recognise trade unions in bid to head off strike action. By Martin Wall What has Ryanair announced? The airline said in a surprise move early on Friday that it would recognise trade unions in a bid to head off threatened strike action next week. A one-day stoppage by […]

‘We’ll play fair, Ryanair’ – global unions respond to airline’s recognition decision

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), who represent workers in all the major players in Europe’s aviation industry, including Ryanair, have welcomed Ryanair’s statement today [15/12/2017] that it will change its “long standing policy of not recognising unions”– and have issued a challenge to the airline to play fair […]

Ryanair’s winter of discontent (

  The budget airline’s first strike is a battle for our times. By Chris Bryant Ryanair Holdings Plc’s winter of discontent is coming. Unhappy with their working conditions and the budget airline’s refusal to recognize collective bargaining, pilots are set to strike for the first time in Europe in the run-up to Christmas. A reckoning […]

December 15, 2017

ITF/ETF support FNV Cabine challenge to KLM/Royal Dutch Airlines

The ITF/ETF affiliated FNV Cabine union has called a 24-hour strike for 8 January 2018 over a long-running deadlock with KLM/Royal Dutch Airlines over the cutting of cabin crew numbers on some long-haul flights. The union has already carried out short stoppages and work-to-rule action against the measure, which is due to reduce the number […]

December 14, 2017