California AB 5 law: now we need a global law for ‘gig’ workers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is calling for the new AB 5 law in California to be the inspiration for global rules that protect ‘gig’ workers, and all workers, from exploitation and abuse, and deliver them their basic rights. AB 5 makes it hard for employers to misclassify workers as independent contractors. Companies typically […]


September 12, 2019

Unions take transatlantic action to end poverty wages and uncertainty at Lufthansa subsidiary

At a time of record airline profits, US, German and British unions are teaming up to campaign for better labour standards at the airline catering provider LSG Sky Chefs. Owned by Lufthansa, LSG supplies catering services to a range of major transport providers, most notably American Airlines in all three countries, which has made over […]


September 6, 2019

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

Airport workers mark the start of a season of action

Airport workers around the world are gearing up for a season of action to demand fair pay and working conditions in key aviation hubs. Yesterday [1 September 2019], in Canada, the Toronto Airports Workers Council celebrated Labor Day by hosting a cross-party group of politicians ahead of upcoming elections. In an open session at Pearson […]


September 2, 2019

Argentinian aviation workers back airline catering workers in the USA

The ITF-affiliated Argentinian aviation union, Asociación Del Personal Aeronáutico (APA), organised a strong solidarity action on 23 July, Buenos Aires, to support catering workers in the United States. On the same day, catering workers from the Unite Here union demonstrated at Reagan National Airport, Washington DC, as part of the fight by thousands of American […]


July 30, 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

Thai union takes big step to building aviation workers’ power

Members of the Wingspan Workers’ Union (WWU) have voted to admit workers from any aviation company across Thailand, not just those working for Wingspan. This is a big step in the ITF airport organising programme strategy to organise outsourced, precarious and sub-contracted workers in Thai airports, and create a more powerful model of union organisation. […]


July 9, 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