Boeing raises forecast for global pilot demand (flightglobal.com)

Boeing has raised its forecast on the demand for pilots in the next two decades. In its 2017 Pilot and Technician Outlook, the manufacturer says it is expecting a demand for 637,000 new commercial airline pilots between 2017 and 2036, this is a 3.2% increase over its 2016 outlook. Close to 40% of those pilots […]


August 2, 2017

Senator Blumenthal Announces Act Aimed at Combating Toxic Cabin Air (goiam.org)

On Tuesday, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) along with Senators Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act, a bill that seeks to protect airline passengers and cabin crew from toxic cabin air. Academic research indicates that approximately 20,000 toxic fume events have occurred during the past 10 years – an […]


July 27, 2017

Low cost airlines like AirAsia mean a higher safety risk (thewest.com.au)

Geoffrey Thomas Comment: The latest incident involving AirAsia X in Australian skies is a severe blow to the AirAsia Group — the biggest low-cost airline conglomerate in Asia. Once again passengers will ask should we fly AirAsia to our favourite holiday destinations of Bali or Kuala Lumpur? Surveys show that while 60 per cent of […]


June 27, 2017

Machinists union sends support to COPA pilots (www.goiam.org)

Approximately 1,000 pilots of Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines are preparing for a strike on Thursday morning, June 15, 2017. The pilots, members of the Panamanian Union of Commercial Aviators (UNPAC), and Copa have been negotiating since October, 2016. UNPAC is seeking a salary scale based on seniority, the definition of a duty day included in […]


June 15, 2017

Push on to unionize WestJet flight attendants (ctvnews.ca)

A recent successful bid to unionize WestJet pilots has prompted a push to organize flight attendants at the airline. The airline, Canada’s second-largest, has long prided itself on its relationship with its employees, whom it refers to as co-owners. Among the benefits offered to WestJet staff are a company-matched share purchase plan. But in recent weeks, […]


June 7, 2017

The IAM Signs Alliance Agreement with Italian Union FIT-CISL (goiam.org)

The IAM has signed an alliance agreement with the Federazione Italiana Transporti, or the Federation of Italian Transport Workers (FIT)-CISL, headquartered in Rome, Italy. “The IAM will work closely with FIT-CISL to ensure each of our organizations and our respective memberships continue to grow stronger in the face of mounting attacks on unions everywhere,” said […]


May 24, 2017

Campaign reveals TiSA threat to jobs and rights

A new campaign to be launched tomorrow by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) reveals the threat to jobs and workers’ rights posed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). The new project enlists the power of trade unions to fight back against the deal, which has been negotiated in virtual secrecy by the European […]


May 11, 2017

TiSA means trouble for transport workers

How unions can halt this secretive trade deal TiSA – the Trade in Services Agreement – is a vast international trade deal being negotiated, mostly in secret, by 22 nations as well as the European Union, with its 28 member countries. It is dedicated to securing free trade, even if it means prioritising the ambitions […]