Colombian air traffic controllers warn of staff shortages

The ITF affiliate ACDECTA – Asociación Colombiana de Controladores Aéreos – is demanding the government hire and train more air traffic controllers, due to the workload increase that is jeopardizing the safety of air operations in the country. According to ACDECTA, the increase in air operations is forcing air traffic controllers to do 12-hour shifts, […]


November 11, 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

Record vote against deportations at Qantas AGM

A shareholder motion calling on Qantas to review its practice of carrying out deportations for the Australian government has achieved record support. Qantas is one of several Australian airlines which deports asylum seekers on behalf of the country’s immigration authorities. Unions and activist groups alike remain seriously concerned about these companies’ role in enforcing government […]


November 1, 2019

Women’s Advocate Programme expands

The ITF women’s department has joined with affiliates in Bogotá and Buenos Aires to plan the expansion of the ITF Women’s Advocate Programme to Colombia and Argentina It is part of an ongoing project funded by Union To Union – the Swedish trade union movement’s organisation for international development. The workshops looked at the root […]


October 28, 2019

Caribbean region plans strategy to build workers’ power

Union leaders from countries across the Caribbean have come together to develop a strategy for building  workers’ power in the region. Over 20 activists from nine countries met in Antigua. They agreed to focus on building power through working to organise transport workers in tourism, maritime infrastructure, and the oil and gas industry. The group […]


The Chilean people have spoken, now the government must listen

The ITF has called for the immediate end to the state of emergency in Chile, the opening of a genuine dialogue with the unions and civil society groups, and sent international solidarity to the Chilean people in their struggle against the repressive actions of the government. ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton said: “Firstly, we need […]


October 22, 2019

Solidarity with Canada’s transport workers in upcoming election

Statement from ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton on the upcoming Canadian election. As the Executive Board of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) gathers in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for its general meeting, workers across the country are preparing to head to the polls on October 21 for a federal election. The ITF is the global […]


October 18, 2019

Lufthansa to profit from LSG Sky Chefs sale while its US workers protest poverty wages

Weeks before Lufthansa is expected to sell its catering subsidiary, LSG Sky Chefs, the company continues to ignore its 11,000 workers in the United States. The Lufthansa leadership refuses to meet with US workers even after they took strike authorisation votes over the summer, protesting poor working conditions described in a new case study. Lufthansa […]


October 9, 2019