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

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