Solidarity with Papua New Guinean workers at Air Niugini

The ITF is calling on its affiliates to support workers at Air Niugini, who are locked in a dispute with the airline’s management over a range of issues including housing allowance for employees. ITF’s Papua New Guinean affiliate, the National Airline Employees Association (NAEA), represents workers in Air Niugini. The company has recently withdrawn employees’ […]


January 16, 2020

ITF supports striking Jetstar workers

ITF and its affiliate unions stand in solidarity with workers striking at the Australian low-cost airline Jetstar. Workers organising with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) began industrial action last weekend, demanding fair pay and adequate rest time to ensure the safety of passengers. Jetstar is a subsidiary of […]


December 20, 2019

ITF welcomes back Turkish union Hava-Is

Hava-Is, the Turkish union representing a large number of workers in the civil aviation sector, has returned to the ITF family several years after disaffiliating. Following a visit by two representatives to ITF House in London, general secretary Stephen Cotton has written to the union’s president, Ali Kemal Tatlibal, enthusiastically welcoming back Hava-Is as an […]


Garuda Indonesia – “time to right the wrongs of law-breaking management”

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) welcomes the Indonesian government’s decision to sack the chief executive officer and board of Garuda Indonesia after the most recent allegations of serious corruption at the airline. However, the ITF sees these events as just another example of a law-breaking management – particularly Indonesian labour law – about which […]


December 12, 2019

ITF congratulates new ICAO Council president

The ITF general secretary has written to the new president of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to congratulate him on his election and looking forward to further close cooperation between the two organisations. Salvatore Sciacchitano, from Italy, will begin his three-year term in January 2020 and succeeds Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu from Nigeria. Stephen […]


November 29, 2019

‘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