California AB 5 law: now we need a global law for ‘gig’ workers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is calling for the new AB 5 law in California to be the inspiration for global rules that protect ‘gig’ workers, and all workers, from exploitation and abuse, and deliver them their basic rights. AB 5 makes it hard for employers to misclassify workers as independent contractors. Companies typically […]


September 12, 2019

British Airways pilots strike for workers’ fair share of profits

Industrial action by British Airways pilots is a sign that workers must receive their fair share of aviation sector profits, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has said. Pilots took strike action yesterday and on Monday after a breakdown in pay negotiations between BA management and the ITF-affiliated British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA). The key […]


September 11, 2019

ITF continues to build relationship with global pilots’ federation

ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton hailed the alliance between pilot and other transport unions in a speech before the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA). Addressing a meeting of IFALPA’s professional and government affairs committee hosted in ITF House in London, Mr Cotton highlighted the organisations’ shared priorities including membership growth, innovative campaigning […]


September 10, 2019

Unions take transatlantic action to end poverty wages and uncertainty at Lufthansa subsidiary

At a time of record airline profits, US, German and British unions are teaming up to campaign for better labour standards at the airline catering provider LSG Sky Chefs. Owned by Lufthansa, LSG supplies catering services to a range of major transport providers, most notably American Airlines in all three countries, which has made over […]


September 6, 2019

Landmark High Court decision against Malaysia Airlines empowers union leaders (freemalaysiatoday.com)

The High Court here has ruled that it is unlawful for Malaysia Airline System Bhd (MAS) to dismiss a trade union leader for issuing a press statement to highlight the plight of workers and to call for the CEO’s resignation. Judge Nordin Hassan said it was also disproportionate for MAS to dismiss Ismail Nasaruddin, who […]


September 5, 2019

Airport workers mark the start of a season of action

Airport workers around the world are gearing up for a season of action to demand fair pay and working conditions in key aviation hubs. Yesterday [1 September 2019], in Canada, the Toronto Airports Workers Council celebrated Labor Day by hosting a cross-party group of politicians ahead of upcoming elections. In an open session at Pearson […]


September 2, 2019