Solidarity with Canada’s transport workers in upcoming election

Statement from ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton on the upcoming Canadian election. As the Executive Board of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) gathers in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for its general meeting, workers across the country are preparing to head to the polls on October 21 for a federal election. The ITF is the global […]

October 18, 2019

International Cabin Crew Appreciation Day is becoming an official UN-sanctioned event (

For the last five years, you may well have seen a growing number of airlines and aviation-industry insiders celebrating what’s become known as either International Cabin Crew Appreciation Day or International Flight Attendant Day. No one really knows how the 31st May became dedicated to the 570,000 strong worldwide cabin crew community but it’s been […]

October 9, 2019

Lufthansa to profit from LSG Sky Chefs sale while its US workers protest poverty wages

Weeks before Lufthansa is expected to sell its catering subsidiary, LSG Sky Chefs, the company continues to ignore its 11,000 workers in the United States. The Lufthansa leadership refuses to meet with US workers even after they took strike authorisation votes over the summer, protesting poor working conditions described in a new case study. Lufthansa […]

ITF hails success at aviation summit

The ITF civil aviation section has hailed the participation of experts from ITF unions at the 40th assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as a great success. Twenty-five union experts, including young workers and women, from 14 countries participated in the proceedings of the assembly that sets global aviation policies for the next […]

October 8, 2019

ITF Delhi: 25 years of building workers’ power

The ITF has marked 25 years of its presence in Delhi, India. During this time the office achieved significant milestones, including: the first ever ITF Congress to be held outside Europe and North America; the 1998 Congress in New Delhi registering new unions and enhanced capacity through sustained education programmes in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, […]

October 7, 2019

Ryanair crew get justice in the Netherlands

A Dutch court has ruled that Ryanair must compensate workers made redundant by the closure of its base at Eindhoven Airport last year. Last October Ryanair announced it would close its Eindhoven base, citing the impact of industrial action over the summer. ITF, ETF and our affiliates – including FNV, the union representing cabin crew […]

October 3, 2019

ITF launches global news app

The ITF has a launched a new app to deliver the latest news from the ITF directly to smartphones. The app includes: news alerts from the ITF personalised news feed: with My News you can select your sections or your regions and receive the news that matters most to you articles automatically download for offline […]

ITF continue to play a vital role in ICAO’s 40th General Assembly

  For the past two weeks, an ITF delegation of 20 people from 14 countries, representing both women and young transport workers have participated in the ICAO Assembly.   At this assembly the ITF proposed the formalisation of an International Cabin Crew Day which was broadly adopted by ICAO’s Executive Committee. The ITF also contributed […]

October 1, 2019