‘A serious violation of treaties’: ITF warns Kuwait of potential breach of international law

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has written to the prime minister of Kuwait to warn him that plans to use the military to break a planned strike by civil aviation workers would break international law. Members of the Civil Aviation Labor Union of Kuwait have given notice that they intend to exercise their legal […]


November 7, 2019

International Cabin Crew Appreciation Day is becoming an official UN-sanctioned event (paddleyourownkanoo.com)

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

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

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

Thomas Cook workers also deserve protection and compensation

The 22,000 workers affected by the collapse of Thomas Cook worldwide must receive equivalent fair treatment to the travel company’s customers, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has said. After a period of precarious finances Thomas Cook went into administration last week, leaving around 150,000 British tourists stranded around the world. In addition, 9,000 UK-based […]


October 1, 2019

ITF at the centre of global aviation summit

An ITF delegation is at the 40th assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – making sure that aviation workers influence the highest rule-making body in the global airline industry. The ITF group includes nearly 20 activists from 14 countries representing workers across the aviation section, from cabin crew to ground crew to pilots. […]


September 25, 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

ITF sends message of solidarity to Hong Kong workers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) supports aviation workers at the Cathay Pacific Group who are facing breaches of their fundamental rights. ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton has written to Carol Ng, current chair of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and former cabin crew union leader, expressing the solidarity of transport workers around […]


August 30, 2019