Airline staff win right to be heard in national courts (

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has welcomed the European Court of Justice ruling that Ryanair staff in Belgium can take complaints to national courts, rejecting the company’s claim that it is subject only to Irish law. “This is a significant step forward, that will play an important role in vindicating the rights of workers […]

September 19, 2017

ECJ ruling is ‘defeat for Ryanair and victory for workers’ rights’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) have welcomed a ruling today by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as a major defeat for Ryanair on workers’ rights. The Court established that disputes over a cabin crew member’s contract of employment fall within the jurisdiction of the courts of the […]

September 14, 2017

How we ruined airline jobs (

By Jeff Friedrich Working in aviation has lost its glamor. It happened because the law gave carriers every advantage over their workforces—and because we demanded lower airfare. Nobody wants to be a pilot anymore. As the airlines tell it, a so-called pilot shortage has made it impossible to staff their fleets, forcing them to cancel […]

September 11, 2017

ITF backs Mexican cabin crew workers

The ITF is backing its union ASSA (the Asociación Sindical de Sobrecargos de Aviación) in Mexico, which has announced strike action next week if Aeromar continues to refuse to negotiate the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA). According to ASSA, Aeromar aims to increase working hours by 15 hours and reduce both rest periods and overtime […]

September 7, 2017

Battle heats up between Swissport and striking workers at Pearson airport (

Striking airport workers and fellow union supporters rallied at Toronto Pearson International Airport protesting Swissport’s treatment of its workers. “What we have here is a battle of the one percenters against the working folk,” said Brian Lawrence, president of Teamsters Local 419 at the Sept. 3 protest. Hundreds of people marched from Terminal 3 to […]

September 6, 2017

New Aircrew Act in Brazil (originally published on SNA’s website in Portuguese)

The National Aircrew Union (SNA) is pleased to announce to the profession and to society as a whole that the Presidential Approval of Act 13.574/2017, the New Aircrew Act, was published in the Brazilian Official Gazette (DOU) on Tuesday 29th August 2017 without a veto of any kind. Thus, the act comes into force in […]

September 1, 2017

Fair Work Commission rejects Aerocare worker agreement, union calls out ‘poverty-line wages’ (

The Fair Work Commission has rejected airline service provider Aerocare’s enterprise agreement as unfair and unsatisfactory for its workers. Aerocare provides safety checks and ground handling services to airlines such as Qantas, Jetstar, Singapore airlines and Virgin. In March, the ABC revealed Aerocare staff on low pay and working split shifts, were sleeping at work […]

August 31, 2017

International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference

The International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference will be held at the Imperial College London, on 19 – 20 September 2017. The ITF is one of the sponsors of the conference. The ITF is supporting this two-day Conference as we believe that it will provide an excellent opportunity for our aviation affiliates seeking to better understand […]

August 29, 2017