ITF warns tourists as airport lock-out continues in Fiji

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) today joined unions and workers from around the world in condemning Air Terminal Services (ATS) and the Fijian Government’s handling of the lock-out of 250 workers by the management of the government-owned ATS. Paddy Crumlin, president of the ITF, appealed to the Fijian Government to intervene and protect workers, […]

December 21, 2017

ITF backs workers in Fiji airport dispute

The ITF has joined unions and workers from around the world and condemned Air Terminal Services (ATS) and the Fijian Government’s handling of the lock-out of 250 workers. The management of government-owned ATS is behind the lock-out of ground crew at Nadi International Airport – including baggage handlers, check-in staff, engineers and caterers – who […]

Ryanair confirms it will recognise cabin crew unions

In a statement Ryanair said that as per their historic decision to recognise unions for the first time, which was announced last Friday, they will look to meet with other unions “in due course”. “Ryanair is moving to recognise unions, starting this week with meetings with Irish, German and Portuguese pilot unions. It will lead […]

December 19, 2017

Ryanair Recognizes Unions in Historic Shift to Avert Strike (

By Richard Weiss and Dara Doyle Carrier’s reversal came hours before first planned walkout Shares fall as analysts expect rising costs for Irish airline Ryanair Holdings Plc buckled under pressure from disgruntled pilots and agreed to recognize labor unions in an eleventh-hour move by Europe’s biggest budget airline to avert strikes threatening flight disruptions during […]

December 18, 2017

Q&A: What’s happening with the Ryanair strike? (

Airline says in surprise move it will recognise trade unions in bid to head off strike action. By Martin Wall What has Ryanair announced? The airline said in a surprise move early on Friday that it would recognise trade unions in a bid to head off threatened strike action next week. A one-day stoppage by […]

‘We’ll play fair, Ryanair’ – global unions respond to airline’s recognition decision

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), who represent workers in all the major players in Europe’s aviation industry, including Ryanair, have welcomed Ryanair’s statement today [15/12/2017] that it will change its “long standing policy of not recognising unions”– and have issued a challenge to the airline to play fair […]

Ryanair’s winter of discontent (

  The budget airline’s first strike is a battle for our times. By Chris Bryant Ryanair Holdings Plc’s winter of discontent is coming. Unhappy with their working conditions and the budget airline’s refusal to recognize collective bargaining, pilots are set to strike for the first time in Europe in the run-up to Christmas. A reckoning […]

December 15, 2017

ITF/ETF support FNV Cabine challenge to KLM/Royal Dutch Airlines

The ITF/ETF affiliated FNV Cabine union has called a 24-hour strike for 8 January 2018 over a long-running deadlock with KLM/Royal Dutch Airlines over the cutting of cabin crew numbers on some long-haul flights. The union has already carried out short stoppages and work-to-rule action against the measure, which is due to reduce the number […]

December 14, 2017