One air freight dispute settles whilst another cargo and passenger labour scenario worsens (

As one labour dispute at an air freight carrier seems to be heading for a resolution, another simply sees the relationship between a combined cargo and passenger carrier worsen. Our previous stories (1) (2) have outlined the problems besetting all cargo airline Cargolux and combination carrier Turkish Airlines (THY), but whilst the Luxembourg based outfit […]

July 29, 2013

ITF alleges law-breaking by Turkish Airlines and government

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and its affiliated union Hava-Is today presented further evidence to the International Labour Organization (ILO) alleging unlawful behaviour by Turkish Airlines (THY) and the Turkish government. The two organisations first lodged a complaint against Turkey with the ILO in March over THY’s unfair dismissal of 305 workers and the […]

July 26, 2013

Hava-Is members demand court order is acted on

Hava-Is members staged a protest on 23 July in front of Istanbul’s Caglayan Courthouse, to condemn the use of strike-breakers by Turkish Airlines (THY) management and inaction of the authorities despite a clear court verdict. They asked for an immediate implementation of the court ruling, and chanted slogans like: “Long live our THY strike,” “Stop […]

July 25, 2013

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SATAWU strike at South African Airlines

ITF affiliate South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) announced strike action for last Thursday following a dispute over wage increases with South African Airlines (SAA).
SATAWU announced its intention to strike earlier this month, an…

July 23, 2013

Independent Pilots Association joins International Transport Workers’ Federation: UPS pilots expand global labor ties

The Independent Pilots Association (“IPA”) the US-based labor union representing 2600 UPS airline pilots has gained membership in the International Transport Workers’ Federation (“ITF,”) a global alliance of unions representing transportation workers. “This is an important development in IPA’s history,” said Captain Robert Travis, President of the Independent Pilots Association. “ITF membership gives us instant […]

July 18, 2013

ITF’s HIV/AIDS update: May-June 2013 issue out now

The latest (no: 129) edition of the ITF’s bi-monthly HIV/AIDS update, is now available on-line. The May-June 2013 edition contains a report from the cruise ship seminar in Bali, Indonesia; a report on the Africa regional HIV seminar recently held in Lilongwe, Malawi; publication of 7th issue of Agenda, the ITF’s annual magazine; promotion of […]

More comments from the ITF affiliates on the Asiana crash flight

Jo-Ann Davidson, Secretary of the Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia (FAAA) stated: “The FAAA commends Asiana Airlines On-Board Manager, Lee Yoon-hye and her cabin crew. Their actions reflect the true essence of all cabin crew as safety professionals.” (See the Facebook page link of the FAAA) In this video, the Transport Workers Union (TWU) flight […]

July 15, 2013

Ethiopian Airlines invests in African carrier (

Ethiopian Airlines has bought 49% equity shareholding of Malawi Airlines as part of its strategy to compete with foreign carriers. The remaining 51% of the shares will be held by the Malawian Government and Malawian private investors. The new partnership with Malawi Airlines is part of ‘Ethiopian Vision 2025 strategic roadmap of setting up multiple […]