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

ILO decision heralds new era for workers rights in Qatar (gulf-times.com)

The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) decision to close the complaint against Qatar, following the government’s commitments to dismantle the kafala system , signals a new era for workers’ rights in the country. “Qatar has set a new standard for the Gulf States, and this must be followed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE where millions […]


November 9, 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

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

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 (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

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