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

Happy International Civil Aviation Day!

Happy International Civil Aviation Day from all the team at ITF! Today, we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Chicago Convention, the document that has created Civil Aviation and ICAO, as we know it today.   To celebrate, ICAO has put together an album of photos from across the global aviation industry […]


December 8, 2019

Jetstar ground services: Protected industrial action (twu.com.au)

TWU members voted with a huge 94% to take protected industrial action. While Jetstar makes $3.9 billion in revenue, workers are forced onto part-time, insecure work leaving some struggling on as low as $429 a week. After several meetings, Jetstar has refused almost all of the basic claims put forward by workers, such as guaranteed […]


December 6, 2019

High level ITF delegation signs enhanced MoU in China

An ITF delegation, led by the general secretary Stephen Cotton, has visited China this week to enhance cooperation and understanding with the country’s labour movement. The visiting group included Asia Pacific members of the ITF’s executive board and was arranged to fulfil the mandate set by the executive board to further the strategic relationship with […]


November 29, 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 […]


International young workers camp organises new union members in Uganda

Nearly 500 workers have signed up to their local union as part of a young workers’ camp in Jinja, Uganda, backed by the ITF. Over 100 young workers are participating in the event, with representatives from Uganda, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania and Mozambique. The ITF part funded the event and sent an international delegation of […]


November 26, 2019