Machinists union calls for US government to investigate Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines’ union-busting attempts have sparked a formal complaint to the US government by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The airline is accused of surveilling employees involved in union activities and targeted dismissals of union activists. In addition, marking the latest in a long series of anti-union incidents, Delta has […]


May 15, 2019

Delta Airlines staff told ‘don’t unionise, buy video games’ (bbc.com)

By Chris Bell Delta Airlines is facing significant criticism after posters discouraging its staff from joining a union were widely shared online. “Union dues cost around $700 [£540] a year,” one of the posters states. “A new video game system with the latest hits sounds like fun. Put your money towards that instead of paying […]


May 11, 2019

ITF backs Argentine unions in general strike

ITF-affiliated transport unions in Argentina, including the National Federation of Truck Drivers (FNTC), have joined a national strike to protest the economic, social and anti-union policies of the Argentine government and the effect they are having on workers and the general population. ITF unions joined other unions from the Argentine Workers’ Central Union (CTA), the […]


April 30, 2019

A year on from its first crew strikes, Ryanair still has to clean up its act

One year on from the first cabin crew strikes at Ryanair, some progress has been made in the company’s industrial relations. However, the airline still needs to enact substantial changes to put its business on a sustainable footing. Easter weekend 2018 saw Ryanair cabin crew walk off the job for the first time in the […]


April 17, 2019

Irish crew force Stobart Air to the negotiating table

Cabin crew represented by Fórsa have secured recognition negotiations with Stobart Air under threat of industrial action. Until now, Stobart has refused to consider even recognising a union, let alone entering into full collective bargaining on cabin crew pay and working conditions. Tired of having their fundamental rights ignored, on Wednesday 84% of crew voted […]


April 12, 2019

ITF congratulates ver.di on its collective bargaining agreement with Ryanair

ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton responds to ver.di’s announcement that it has concluded a collective bargaining agreement with the low-cost airline. I applaud our affiliate union ver.di on signing a collective bargaining agreement with Ryanair, covering all Germany-based cabin crew. This deal opens the way to fair labour standards in one of the airline’s largest […]


March 29, 2019

New victory for Ryanair workers as labour authority rules on Eindhoven base closure

The Dutch labour authority (UWV) has ruled that Ryanair cannot fire the workers affected by the closure of its base at Eindhoven Airport, marking a significant setback for the airline’s industrial relations model. In October Ryanair announced it planned to close its bases at Eindhoven and Bremen and downsize operations at Weeze, citing the impact […]


March 22, 2019

ITF welcomes Romanian ruling against Wizz Air

The Romanian supreme court has ruled that Wizz Air discriminated against its workers on the basis of their trade union affiliation and activity. In 2014, shortly after informing Wizz that they had formed a trade union to represent the airline’s workers, 19 employees were dismissed from their positions. This punitive action violated both international norms […]


March 13, 2019