Unite ends BA ‘fire and rehire’ dispute by securing deal to avoid forthcoming cargo strike action

Unite, the UK’s principal aviation union, has secured a deal (subject to a members’ ballot) to end the long running dispute over British Airways’ plans to fire and rehire the workforce in its cargo division. Strike action taken Members of Unite employed at BA Cargo, the majority of whom work at Heathrow Airport, undertook nine […]


January 27, 2021

Unions take Qantas to High Court over alleged misuse of JobKeeper scheme, underpayment of staff (abc.net.au)

Unions are taking their fight against Qantas and its use of the JobKeeper wage subsidy program to the High Court. They say workers have been ripped off by the airline after working public holidays, weekends and overtime during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) is accusing Qantas of not paying workers their rightful […]


January 14, 2021

Aviation workers should be given priority for COVID-19 vaccines

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) welcome progress in the development of vaccines for COVID-19. As vaccines continue to be approved and distributed worldwide, aviation workers will play a key role in the integrity of their global supply chain. An effective global vaccine strategy will […]


December 22, 2020

Stop the Heathrow’s great British rip off and support striking Unite members

Heathrow Airport Ltd, the company that owns one of the world’s busiest airports is trying to rip off thousands of their workers with a devious plan to let them go and hire them back on lower wages. Heathrow’s plans will mean up to 25% wage cuts for these workers – a major blow to the […]


December 1, 2020

Operating Heathrow during strike action could risk safety warns Unite the Union (unitetheunion.org)

Unite, the UK’s principal aviation union, has warned that it has very serious concerns about the safe operation of Heathrow airport when the first targeted strike action, in the dispute over firing and rehiring the workforce and slashing their pay and conditions, begins tomorrow (Tuesday 1 December). The strike action will involve firefighters, engineers, campus […]


November 30, 2020

International Transport Workers’ Federation Civil Aviation Forum a great success! (www.iamaw.ca)

By Keith Aiken, IAM Canadian Transportation Coordinator The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) held their annual Civil Aviation week November 9 – 13, 2020 that focused on strategy for Relief, Recovery and Reform for an industry that has devastated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s Civil Aviation week was different, as it was held […]


November 27, 2020

Heathrow: Don’t cut our pay! – A video by the ITF-affiliated Unite union

Last month Heathrow Airports Ltd (HAL) issued a section 188 notice beginning a process which could result in over 4,000 workers directly employed by the airport being fired and then rehired on vastly inferior contracts. The workers, including security officers, engineers and fire-fighters, face losing over £8,000 per annum and up to 24 per cent […]


October 9, 2020

ITF Civil Aviation ensures new ICAO guidance puts aviation workers and seafarers first

The ITF have advocated for new guidance to governments from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) prioritising aviation workers’ and passengers’ safety while pushing airlines to do more on the worsening crew change crisis affecting seafarers. Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, Section Secretary of ITF Civil Aviation outlined how the new guidance would improve the safety of […]


October 2, 2020