Collective agreement victory ends Icelandair dispute

Icelandair pilots have voted overwhelmingly for an agreement negotiated with the company by their union, the Icelandic Airline Pilots Association (FIA), which brings to an end a bitter dispute. The FIA reported that 81 percent of the 278 pilots who took part in the ballot voted, with over 81 percent voting in favour of the […]

January 19, 2015

New victory against Ryanair (Parat Norway)

In a new judgement, Moss District Court has ruled that the Cocca case will be decided according to Norwegian law. The Court of Appeal has previously ruled that the case will be brought before a Norwegian court. Deputy head of Parat, Vegard Einan, believes that Ryanair now will have to change its operational model and […]

January 9, 2015

Wizz air: Stop union busting now! The campaign continues!

Our blog on the 27 November 2014 brought you news of the sacking of the leadership and 19 cabin crew members by Wizzair Bucharest (Romania) and our Labour Start Campaign to support them. To date a total of 9,100 have supported the dismissed workers by signing the petition! Join the campaign now and let Wizzair know […]

January 8, 2015

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

Flags of INconvenience: Europe must stop social dumping and flags of convenience in aviation

“Flags of convenience”, the scheme used in the maritime sector to seek laxer regulatory, taxation and labour regimes, is threatening the European aviation industry. A joint declaration signed by the group directly representing both employers and workers in the industry warns against the rise of this new development: airlines using “Flags of Convenience” (FoC) undercut […]

July 14, 2014

Norwegian’s low-cost transatlantic service takes off from Gatwick

Airport says low-cost carrier’s twice-weekly flight to LA is a ‘game-changer’ in the debate over a new runway for London The first low-cost transatlantic flights since Freddie Laker’s doomed Skytrain enterprise has left Gatwick airport for Los Angeles, a development that Gatwick describes a “game-changer” in the debate over where to build a new runway […]

July 8, 2014

Press Invitation: Social partners join forces to combat flags of convenience in European skies

Flags of Inconvenience Job losses, market distortion, declining labour standards, social dumping, unfair competition… All are just collateral damage from the emerging development in civil aviation to seek to fly under a “Flag of Convenience”. The same phenomenon that destroyed the maritime industry decades ago has now arisen in civil aviation. European Social Partners from […]

Old foes reunited in battle (

As global aviation industry executives convened in Doha last month, a much-publicised divide between GCC and European airlines showed little sign of being bridged In June, delegates arriving at the AGM of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline industry’s biggest annual bash, were among the first passengers to experience Doha’s new Hamad International […]

July 2, 2014