Are flight attendants significantly underpaid? The answer is yes (forbes.com)

By James Asquith Many of us see the headlines about cabin crew and pilots voting to take strike action and we are quick to think of our summer holidays being ruined. Ultimately, the most disruptive of the peak time strikes are usually averted, but they certainly get the airlines’ attention. So who is right? The […]


August 18, 2019

Unions call foul play on Ryanair’s threatened job cuts

Union leaders say job cuts announced by Ryanair are mainly about intimidating its workforce and have little to do with operational justifications. Ryanair said this week that it would cut up to 900 jobs, blaming the late delivery of malfunctioning Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, rising fuel prices, lower fares and the prospect of a […]


August 3, 2019

Argentinian aviation workers back airline catering workers in the USA

The ITF-affiliated Argentinian aviation union, Asociación Del Personal Aeronáutico (APA), organised a strong solidarity action on 23 July, Buenos Aires, to support catering workers in the United States. On the same day, catering workers from the Unite Here union demonstrated at Reagan National Airport, Washington DC, as part of the fight by thousands of American […]


July 30, 2019

Avianca must cease its attack on Colombian pilots

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) demands that the Colombian courts dismiss a claim filed by Avianca to have the country’s pilot union dissolved. The Asociación Colombiana de Aviadores Civiles (ACDAC) is facing legal repression at a time when Avianca itself is being investigated for allegedly wiretapping the union during a long-running industrial dispute. If […]


July 19, 2019

ITF affiliates promote aviation safety in US Congress

Yesterday [17 July 2019], ITF affiliates in North America travelled to Capitol Hill to testify before the US Congress on the critical issue of aviation safety. John Samuelsen of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), Lori Bassani of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and Mike Perrone of Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) all spoke […]


July 18, 2019

Thai union takes big step to building aviation workers’ power

Members of the Wingspan Workers’ Union (WWU) have voted to admit workers from any aviation company across Thailand, not just those working for Wingspan. This is a big step in the ITF airport organising programme strategy to organise outsourced, precarious and sub-contracted workers in Thai airports, and create a more powerful model of union organisation. […]


July 9, 2019

Court rules in favour of Chilean aviation workers

The court of appeals in Chile has backed workers of the Latam Express Union in their battle for justice following a strike in 2018. The court unanimously held that the cabin crew union’s strike, which lasted 17 days, was lawfully terminated by the union on 25 April 2018. Chilean labour law says a strike should […]


July 5, 2019

US and Argentinian governments sign controversial aviation agreement

Following secret negotiations, the United States and Argentinian governments have signed an Open Skies agreement. Veiled as a ‘modernising’ of the 1985 transport agreement, the deal is detrimental to workers and comes as a complete surprise to Argentinian and US unions. Joseph Tiberi, chair of the civil aviation section of the ITF and chief of […]


June 27, 2019