Ryanair’s winter of discontent (bloomberg.com)

  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

JetBlue flight attendants have filed for a union election (forbes.com)

The Transport Workers Union filed signatures with the National Mediation Board on Wednesday, seeking a union representation election for JetBlue’s 5,000 flight attendants. “JetBlue flight attendants have come to the realization that the company does not have their best interests in mind,” said John Samuelsen, TWU international president. “They have come to the right place, […]


December 7, 2017

Transport Workers Union reaches flight attendant deal at Allegiant and looks to JetBlue (forbes.com)

Allegiant Airlines and the Transport Workers Union say they have negotiated a tentative agreement for the first contract ever signed by the carrier’s 1,150 flight attendants. Allegiant, a Las Vegas-based ultra-low-cost carrier, first offered scheduled service in 1998. TWU organized the flight attendants in 2010 and began contract talks in June 2011. An initial tentative […]


November 23, 2017

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

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 (thecitypaperbogota.com)

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

Hong Kong Express cabin crew seek to join trade union in wake of cancellation controversy (scmp.com)

More than 100 staff at the budget airline have agreed to join the Cabin Attendants Union in order to increase their bargaining power. More than half of the cabin crew members at budget airline Hong Kong Express are looking to step up their collective bargaining power by joining an industry trade union. The move – […]


October 6, 2017

Government accused of ‘sitting on its hands’ over Monarch’s future (unitetheunion.org)

The government’s Brexit uncertainty and failure to intervene contributed to Monarch going into administration, Britain’s largest union, Unite said today (Monday 2 October). Accusing the government of ‘sitting on its hands’, Unite urged the government to step in to assist one of the UK’s oldest airlines and provide clarity for the UK’s aviation industry by […]


October 2, 2017

ITF/ETF: Ryanair business model must reform now

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) today warned that Ryanair’s business model of outsourcing and the rejection of staff requests for better conditions and union representation is putting the airline’s future in doubt. The ITF revealed that, following the defeat for Ryanair/Crewlink at the European Court of Justice last […]


September 25, 2017