Ver.di leader Christine Behle comments on Qatar Airways CEO remarks against unions

In German there’s a saying that “dogs that are hurt, bark”. It’s a bit like the phrase from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”: “One doth protest too much”. The fact that a trade union dares to report on the poor working conditions at Qatar Airways seems to have struck a nerve. The fact that Mr. Al-Baker, CEO of […]

September 19, 2014

Unions trumpet historic win in American Airlines vote (

Reservation agents at Texas-based American Airlines have voted overwhelmingly for union representation, in a move that labor organizers hailed Tuesday as a historic win in the South. The agents chose to join with US Airways agents to form a bargaining unit of 14,500 employees at the new American Airlines. The two airlines merged this year, […]

September 18, 2014

ITF applauds US DOT decision on Norwegian Air

The ITF has applauded the decision on 2 September by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to refuse Norwegian Air International (NAI) – a key offender in attempting to introduce flags of convenience (FOCs) in aviation – an exemption for a foreign air carrier permit. The exemption would have allowed the carrier to launch an […]

September 6, 2014

Skin Cancer Risk Is Higher For Flight Attendants and Pilots (

Flying increases exposure to UV rays that could cause melanoma Pilots and flight attendants are twice as likely to suffer from the skin cancer melanoma when compared to the general population, according to a new Journal of the American Medical Association study. Looking at data compiled from more than 260,000 people in 19 previous studies, […]

September 5, 2014