SkyTeam unions land in Atlanta to support Delta flight attendants (

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)-affiliated unions from the SkyTeam airline alliance today held strategic meetings and informational picketing at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta’s largest hub, to support Delta Air Lines Flight Attendants’ campaign for IAM representation. ITF-affiliate unions from Europe, South America and Africa, […]

October 30, 2014

Ryanair ordered to pay €8.3m by French court (

A French court has ruled that Irish low cost airline Ryanair must pay €8.1m (£6.4m) in damages and €200,000 in fines for breaches of French labour laws. An appeal court in Aix-en-Provence found the company guilty of paying workers under Irish contracts to avoid making French social security payments. The case refers to Ryanair staff […]

October 28, 2014

UPS pilots remain committed to delivering this Christmas despite unresolved contract

“Will United Parcel Service deliver this Christmas? That’s the question that manufactures, shippers, retailers and consumers have been asking. While we can’t speak to all aspects of UPS’s operations we can say that despite UPS not finalizing our contract we remain committed to delivering this Christmas season,” said Independent Pilot Association spokesperson Brian Gaudet. Gaudet […]

October 24, 2014

There can be no compromise on the right to strike

by Ruwan Subasinghe “It is good to finally shake your hand; the last time I saw you, I was in prison”. These were the poignant words Myoung-hwan Kim, President of the Korean Railway Workers’ Union (KRWU), greeted me with when we met at the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) 43rd Congress in Sofia earlier this […]

October 23, 2014

Finnair agreement: No more outsourcing and redundancies

After difficult negotiations, the Finnish Cabin Crew Union (SLSY) and the management of Finnair reached an agreement on Saturday 4 October. The union received a two-year protection from redundancies and no more jobs will be outsourced for the next four years. In return, the union agreed with measures that will bring the company annual savings […]

October 13, 2014

New help for unions to challenge aviation flags of convenience

The ITF has produced a new education module to help its affiliates organise around the growing trend of flags of convenience (FOCs) in aviation. The resource aims to create awareness among civil aviation unions of the immediate and long-term dangers stemming from an expansion of FOC practices in the global civil aviation industry. It sets […]

October 3, 2014