ITF supports call to stop using coup as union busting excuse

ITF general secretary Steve Cotton has protested to Turkey’s prime minister, aviation and transport ministers, and aviation authority, over the suspension of two airport workers. He acted after ITF union BTS (United Trade Union of Transport Employees) alerted the Federation that the two appeared to be victims of an opportunistic attack by airport officials using […]

August 15, 2016

LATAM specialist technicians: 80% have witnessed increasing numbers of incidents

189 of the company’s specialist technicians report A survey answered by 189 maintenance technicians working for LATAM Airlines in Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Colombia has identified for the first time the potential impact on flight safety of changes in maintenance procedures, reductions in personnel, and the replacement of expert workers by less qualified staff. Trade […]

August 9, 2016

TWU-IAM Association, American Airlines agree to industry best wage hikes for 30,000 ground workers, negotiations continue (TWU & IAMAW)

The TWU-IAM Association today announced it has reached an interim agreement with American Airlines to provide approximately 30,000 ground workers industry-leading wage rates, a lump sum payment and retirement improvements. Both sides will continue joint contract negotiations to resolve outstanding issues. “Association members at American Airlines will receive the industry-best wages they deserve now,” said […]

August 5, 2016

Enemy at the gate (

Given Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s boast that “short of committing murder, negative publicity sells more seats than positive publicity”, his airline’s deplorable treatment of a family with a severely disabled child en route to a holiday in Portugal should not come as a shock. But one fellow passenger, a medic, was so outraged he is […]

Sky high: who’d be an airline pilot today? (

Every time we fly, we trust our life to a stranger. As well as mechanical failures and disastrous weather, a pilot must be ready to handle stress, terrorism and hours in the air. What kind of person sits inside that locked cockpit? The most striking thing about the conversation was its utter calm. “Mayday, mayday, […]

August 3, 2016

Abbassi calls on Arab airlines to respect trade union work (

Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), Houcine Abbassi has called on Arab airlines to respect trade union work and give their employees all their rights. Speaking Monday in Sousse at the opening of an international conference on “The organisation of trade union work in airports”, held by International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) […]

August 2, 2016

Airline pilots complain of dangerous fatigue in leaked documents (

Airline pilots describe being pushed to the limit and warn about the impact on flight safety in a cache of leaked documents that give a unique and occasionally hair-raising insight into the aviation industry. Crews complain about fatigue and potentially dangerous schedules at a leading budget airline, which is already under pressure following a crash […]

August 1, 2016

Emirates dismisses 3 workers due to closure of branch offices (a news story from Kohkuren, Japan)

In January 2013, three employees working at the Emirates’ reservation and ticketing section in Osaka joined the Sky Network (SNW) labor union to tackle such problems as moral harassment and unpaid overtime, and they created certain results. On May 20, 2014, the company suddenly announced the closure of the ticketing counter in Tokyo and Osaka, […]

July 28, 2016