Father of airline worker ‘killed by toxic air’ to meet international cabin crew

The father of a cabin crew worker who died, his family believes, from an illness caused by breathing in toxic air on aeroplanes is to meet cabin crew from more than 40 different countries in London. Matt Bass died in 2014 after returning from a flight to Ghana. A special postmortem paid for by his […]


March 7, 2017

ATS unions: use new ITF guide to defend the right to strike

Air traffic services (ATS) workers around the world are increasingly being targeted in attacks on the right to strike – so the ITF has produced guidance to help their unions navigate the complexities of this more hostile industrial environment. The right to strike is protected by International Labour Organization (ILO) convention 87, but may be […]


March 6, 2017

ETF outlines framework for EASA basic regulation

Today the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), gathering over 270,000 workers across the whole aviation industry, presented its 10 key priorities for the revision of the “Basic Regulation” which sets the framework and competences of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to the key decision-makers from the European Commission, the European Parliament (EP) and the […]


March 3, 2017

Emirates ordered to revoke dismissals of 3 Japanese union workers (a news story from Kohkuren, Japan)

On 11 October 2016, the Osaka Prefectural Government’s Labour Relations Commission ordered Emirates airline to revoke its dismissal of three unionised Japanese employees as it constitutes an unfair labour practice. On 31 March 2015, the Osaka District Court had already issued a provisional disposition that “abuse of the dismissal right, invalidation of dismissal, ordering payment […]


March 2, 2017

European Commission must act on Social Agenda Aviation Strategy for Europe

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the largest European workers’ representative in civil aviation, welcomes the European Parliament (EP) resolution on an Aviation Strategy for Europe adopted on 16 February 2017. ETF calls upon the European Commission to follow up on the EP’s social recommendations by turning them into binding legislative proposals and thus contribute […]


February 21, 2017

ATCEUC and ETF stand together against attacks on ATM workers’ rights

“Workers and employers, or their respective organisations, have, in accordance with Community law and national laws and practices, the right to negotiate and conclude collective agreements at the appropriate levels and, in cases of conflicts of interest, to take collective action to defend their interests, including strike action” – Article 28 of the EU Charter […]


February 15, 2017

Third ‘cabin fumes’ incident on American Airlines plane sparks union scrutiny (travelmole.com)

A flight crew union has called for regulation of cabin air quality following a third instance of emitting fumes or odor on an American Airlines plane in the past three months. In the latest incident several flight attendants complained of headaches on an Orlando bound flight this week. Eight crew members on flight 1868 from […]


January 27, 2017

Strong support for British Airways cabin crew in strike against poverty pay (unitetheunion.org)

Day one of a three day strike by cabin crew working for British Airways’ mixed fleet was being strongly supported today (Thursday 19 January), with striking crew members joining picket lines at Heathrow Airport to protest over poverty pay. Drawing massive support from airport workers and the public, the members of Britain’s largest union, Unite […]


January 20, 2017