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

ITF demands that Garuda Indonesia ends its union-busting campaign

The Garuda Indonesia airline must end its attack on legitimate trade unions and come to the negotiating table, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has said. Garuda has a long track-record of anti-union behaviour. Last week, in the latest such incident, the company unilaterally ended ‘check-off’ collection of union dues on behalf of its cabin […]


August 27, 2019

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

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

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