ALP conference motion on flying over war zones (

Australian and other international airlines should be required to adjust their flight paths to avoid war zones and other dangerous areas, Transport Union boss Tony Sheldon will tell the ALP state conference this weekend. The Transport Workers Union will put a motion to the conference calling for Australian aviation regulations to be changed to make […]

July 28, 2014

ITF: Swazi court case ‘nakedly political’

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today [22 July 2014] denounced the guilty verdicts delivered against Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) lawyer Thulani Maseko and magazine editor Bheki Makhubu. The ITF has always maintained that their trial, on charges of contempt of court, was politically motivated and part of the same sustained government attempt to silence […]

July 23, 2014

Machinists overwhelmingly approve new contracts at US Airways

On 19 July, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced that approximately 11,000 maintenance training specialist, fleet service and mechanic and related employees approved new contracts by 96, 86 and 67 percent respectively at the “new” American Airlines. The three year accords provide for significant wage hikes, industry-best job security, retains affordable […]

July 21, 2014

Luxair airline workers to strike

Workers are set to strike the Luxembourg airline at Luxair tomorrow (19 July). Luxair workers are in an ongoing dispute with the airline as a result of unsuccessful collective agreement bargaining with employers. The unions (OGBL, LCGB and NGL-SNEP) demand the same terms as in the previous agreement signed in July 2013. The joint press […]

July 18, 2014

ITF statement on Malaysia Airlines MH17

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today expressed its deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew onbard flight MH17 and backed calls for an international investigation. MH17 was carrying almost 300 passengers when it crashed yesterday in eastern Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. The reasons […]

Support the online petition: “Protect passenger safety”

On May 6 2013, Transport Canada granted an exemption to WestJet to change the current regulation of 1 flight attendant for every 40 passengers to a new ratio of 1 flight attendant for every 50 passenger seats. On October 28 2013, Transport Canada granted a similar exemption to Sunwing. Air Canada and Air Transat also […]

July 16, 2014

Canada: Flash mob held to protect air passenger safety

Less than 24 hours after Transport Canada granted an exemption to Air Canada to operate with fewer flight attendants, close to a hundred people took a stand against federal government and airline industry plans to weaken passenger safety, holding a flash mob outside Transport Canada’s Toronto offices on Yonge Street this afternoon. “We decided to […]

July 15, 2014

US axes Swazi trade deal over rights abuses

Swaziland’s continuing workers’ rights abuses saw the country stripped of a special trade agreement with the USA last week. President Obama withdrew the country’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) last Thursday. Michael Froman, the US trade representative, explained that the decision was taken in light of Swaziland’s continuing labour rights abuses. […]

July 14, 2014