Only a new deal can save aviation

The aviation industry is being hit by a second wave, and we are already experiencing the aftershocks with thousands of job losses throughout the industry. The ITF is urgently calling for a new deal for aviation workers based on relief, recovery and reform. At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic we set out our 10 […]


August 12, 2020

The ITF stands in solidarity with the workers and people of Beirut

It is with shock and despair that we have received the news of the explosion at the Port of Beirut that has devastated the city, killed at least 100 people, injured thousands and rendered hundreds of thousands more homeless. We at the ITF send our deepest condolences and solidarity to the people of Lebanon. We […]


August 6, 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

Young aviation workers organising for a post-Covid-19 future

Over 100 participants from 21 different countries joined together online to identify common challenges, build their campaign skills and craft a collective vision for the future of aviation during the ITF’s Young Aviation Workers’ Summer School. The ITF’s first virtual summer school took place over four days of Zoom sessions with young aviation workers in […]


August 4, 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

ITF organises solidarity calls for the Strike for Black Lives

Racial justice is union business, and the ITF stands committed to the struggle. On Monday 20 July the ITF will actively engage in the Strike for Black Lives, organised by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Following the appalling murder of George Floyd by police at the end of May, the Strike for Black Lives […]


July 17, 2020