Airline labor unions, with Republican backing, are poised for historic win of billions in additional payroll aid (forbes.com)

By Ted Reed Assuming that Congress can come to terms on another major economic stimulus bill, the airline industry, led by its labor unions, has apparently garnered sufficient backing to extend payroll support until March 31, 2021. That became evident Wednesday, when 16 Republican senators said in a letter that they backed providing $25 billion […]


August 8, 2020

ITF urges Turkish Airlines management to return to negotiating table

On 28 July, on the eve of Eid al-Adha, the management of Turkish Airlines and the ITF-affiliated Turkish Civil Aviation Union (Hava-İş) engaged on measures to address the Covid-19 outbreak and its impacts. Hava-İş adopted a flexible and constructive approach during the negotiation process. This was aimed at creating a strong basis for building resilience […]


August 5, 2020

ETF Statement: Trade unions across Europe sound alarm over EasyJet’s approach to workers’ rights and aviation safety (etf-europe.org)

The European Transport Workers’ Federation condemns EasyJet’s despicable attacks on workers’ rights and questions carriers’ attitude towards safety. The ETF fully supports its affiliates in their fight against despicable actions by EasyJet. The company’s way of treating its workforce while handling the impact of the COVID-19 crisis represents a race to the bottom with a […]


July 28, 2020

Malaysia Airlines must renew negotiations with cabin crew union

The Malaysian federal court has ruled that Malaysia Airlines must recognise the union representing cabin crew supervisors. The ITF-affiliated National Union of Flight Attendants of Malaysia (NUFAM) represents cabin crew at Malaysia Airlines. The company has long maintained that crew supervisors count as management rather than staff, and so are ineligible for union representation. The […]


July 27, 2020

Yemeni airport must be reopened for humanitarian relief

The ITF is calling for the urgent reopening of Sana’a International Airport to ease the worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen. In a letter to UN secretary-general António Guterres, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton reiterated the call by the Employees and Workers Syndicate of Yemen Airways to restart operations from Sana’a. The airport was closed in […]


July 24, 2020

South-East Asian workers fight back against aviation job losses

Despite the ongoing impact of Covid-19, aviation workers in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are fighting back to defend their hard-won labour standards. On 13 July in Indonesia, workers at regional low-cost airline Lion Air joined a demonstration outside the company’s head office to protest against the loss of 2,600 ground crew jobs. These workers had […]


July 21, 2020

#LATAM why are workers shouldering the full weight of the #COVID-19 crisis?

The ITF and our affiliates that form the LATAM Group in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay are exposing how the company is using the pandemic to attack workers’ jobs, pay and conditions. We are committed to the fight so that #NoWorkerIsLeftBehind! #NoAlaExtortionLATAM#WeAreITF LATAM secures new financing to help stave off bankruptcy (batimes.com.ar) […]


July 19, 2020

Preventing trafficking in persons – A video by ICAO

During the first half of 2018, ICAO released Circular 352 “Guidelines for Training Cabin Crew on Identifying and Responding to Trafficking in Persons” containing guidelines to enable members of cabin crews and other transportation personnel to identify possible victims of trafficking and respond to their plight. The Circular was a joint release of ICAO and […]


July 13, 2020