New victory for Ryanair workers as labour authority rules on Eindhoven base closure

The Dutch labour authority (UWV) has ruled that Ryanair cannot fire the workers affected by the closure of its base at Eindhoven Airport, marking a significant setback for the airline’s industrial relations model. In October Ryanair announced it planned to close its bases at Eindhoven and Bremen and downsize operations at Weeze, citing the impact […]


March 22, 2019

ITF welcomes Romanian ruling against Wizz Air

The Romanian supreme court has ruled that Wizz Air discriminated against its workers on the basis of their trade union affiliation and activity. In 2014, shortly after informing Wizz that they had formed a trade union to represent the airline’s workers, 19 employees were dismissed from their positions. This punitive action violated both international norms […]


March 13, 2019

ITF calls for civil aviation authorities worldwide to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) welcomes the recent grounding of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, and is calling on all remaining civil aviation authorities to follow suit to ensure the safety of both passengers and workers. The recent tragedy in Ethiopia is the second incident in the past six months where a Boeing 737 […]


March 12, 2019

International call for release of Kenyan trade union leaders

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), representing 18 million workers in 147 countries, is calling for the immediate release of Moses Ndiema, secretary general of the Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU), and other union leaders. The trade union leaders were detained as part of government efforts to suppress a strike by workers at Jomo Kenyatta […]


March 8, 2019

ITF affiliates aim for better jobs in the civil aviation sector

This week, ITF civil aviation affiliates from around the world met to coordinate their work for the coming years. Affiliates met for the first time since the ITF Congress in Singapore last October, under the chairmanship of Joseph Tiberi from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). The need for environmentally responsible transport […]


March 1, 2019

ITF and ETF welcome announcement that Ryanair chairman will step down

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) welcome today’s news that Ryanair chairman David Bonderman will step down next year, just months after calling for him to be voted out by shareholders. The announcement, which comes alongside the company’s poor quarterly results, follows a period in which Mr Bonderman has […]


February 5, 2019

ITF to work more closely with federation representing air traffic services workers

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Federation of Aeronautical Information Management Associations (IFAIMA) to represent the interests of air traffic services workers around the world. On Monday 14 January, ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton and IFAIMA president Fernando Henriques Lopes signed the memorandum to bring the […]


January 18, 2019

ITF supports air traffic controllers affected by US government shutdown

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) stands in solidarity with air traffic controllers affected by the ongoing partial shutdown of the US federal government. Air traffic controllers are among the thousands of US workers impacted by the stand-off between the President and Congress, resulting from disagreements on public funding to build a wall between the […]


January 17, 2019