ITF and ETF welcome announcement that Ryanair chairman will step down

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) welcome today’s news that Ryanair chairman David Bonderman will step down next year, just months after calling for him to be voted out by shareholders. The announcement, which comes alongside the company’s poor quarterly results, follows a period in which Mr Bonderman has […]


February 5, 2019

ITF to work more closely with federation representing air traffic services workers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Associations (IFAIMA) to represent the interests of air traffic services workers around the world. On Monday 14 January, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton and IFAIMA president Fernando Henriques Lopes signed the memorandum to bring the […]


January 18, 2019

ITF expresses solidarity with Argentinian pilots and congratulates the positive outcome

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has expressed its solidarity with Argentinian pilots and their unions – the Argentinian Association of Airline Pilots (APLA) and Unión de Aviadores de Líneas Aérea (UALA) – opposing the decision of the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC) to allow foreign pilots to work at Argentine national airlines. The 48-hour […]


January 17, 2019

ITF supports air traffic controllers affected by US government shutdown

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) stands in solidarity with air traffic controllers affected by the ongoing partial shutdown of the US federal government. Air traffic controllers are among the thousands of US workers impacted by the stand-off between the President and Congress, resulting from disagreements on public funding to build a wall between the […]


Think twice before you say ‘just a flight attendant’ (forbes.com)

By Gary Stoller A Google search of three words, “flight attendant attacked,” reveals many frightening and disturbing incidents of unruly passenger behavior during the past few years. So, as psychologists, sociologists and others contemplate whether civility is dead in America, it may be a good time to consider a Facebook post this month by a […]


January 14, 2019

One year on, Ryanair still needs to stabilise its industrial relations

A year after Ryanair announced it would recognise unions, the company still has a long way to go before it can be considered a fair employer. On 15 December 2017, under immense pressure from workers and facing looming challenges to its growth plans and corporate governance, Ryanair announced that it would recognise unions for the […]


December 12, 2018

Ryanair chief executive wins prize for world’s worst boss

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has been voted the world’s worst boss at the Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The prize, whose shortlist also included Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi, was open to a worldwide public vote in the lead-up to the ITUC Congress. The contenders are all top business […]


December 6, 2018

ITF backs airline workers action in Argentina

The general secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has written to Argentine ministers demanding immediate action to resolve a dispute at the Aerolíneas Argentinas Group. In the letter to minister of transport Guillermo Dietrich and minister of production and labour Dante Sica, Stephen Cotton says: “I am writing to you as we have […]


November 27, 2018