New contract to benefit thousands of UPS pilots

More than 2,500 pilots at UPS Airlines will benefit from a new five-year labour agreement negotiated by ITF union the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and ratified by a vast majority of the company’s pilots. Over 98 per cent of eligible union members cast their votes, and more than 91 per cent ratified the agreement, which […]

September 5, 2016

Qantas reaps record profits: What about security and safety situation asks the TWU?

Australia’s main airline carrier group Qantas announced last week a record annual profit of A$1.42bn ($1.1bn, £820m), nearly doubling last year’s result. A portion of this huge profit increase was attributed to savings on jet fuel, due to plunging global oil prices. However, destruction of jobs and conditions played a critical role as was explained […]

September 1, 2016

UPS pilots ratify new contract (press release from the ITF affiliated Independent Pilots Association)

UPS pilots, represented by the Independent Pilots Association, yesterday ratified a new five-year labour agreement. The contract ratified with more than 91 per cent of the vote, with more than 98 per cent of the eligible members casting ballots. The collective bargaining agreement, which goes into effect today, covers the more than 2,500 union pilots […]

Working amid a turbulent few decades in the airline industry (

By Adrienne Green Over 32 years at American Airlines, Paul Mozeak has witnessed a merger, a bankruptcy, and a new approach to airport security. When Paul Mozeak started working at American Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the country, as a part-time baggage handler, he had no idea that he’d be at the company […]

August 24, 2016

Commercialisation & Privatisation of Air Traffic Control Conference

Save the Date! In line with the general economic trend, since 1987, many national governments have experimented with some form of commercialisation of air navigation services. Commercialisation is a broad term that encompasses the introduction of a range of practices from providing ANSPs with varying degrees of operational flexibility to full privatisation. For most commercialised […]

August 22, 2016

Qatar Airways’ crew members praised in Istanbul emergency landing drama

On 18 August 2016, a Qatar Airways passenger plane has made an emergency landing at Istanbul’s Atatürk airport due to an engine fire believed to have been caused by a bird strike. Thanks to the professionalism of the cockpit and cabin crew as well as the firefighters and the airport’s airside workers, all 298 passengers […]

August 19, 2016

SM Cargo agents vote yes for IAM representation (

Seeking improved working conditions, a better quality of life for their families and fairness on the job, approximately 250 SM Freight Cargo workers today became the newest members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The National Mediation Board conducted the election, with 81 percent of employees voting in favor of IAM […]

August 18, 2016

Lufthansa Technik network established

Trade unions representing workers in Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have established a new global network to build workers’ power in the multinational. Ten leaders from ITF unions met in Berlin, 12 August, to exchange information about their activities in LHT. Around half the workers at LHT are part of ITF unions. LHT is the largest aircraft […]

August 17, 2016