#IWMD20: ITF demands urgent protections for transport workers

ITF Management Committee statement on protecting workers during and after the Covid-19 pandemic The battle against Covid-19 will not be won without transport workers, they are the lifeblood of the global economy and vital to successfully responding to the challenge of Covid-19. It is the train drivers, seafarers, cabin crew, taxi drivers, cleaners, ticket sellers, […]


April 28, 2020

Recognition of COVID-19 as an occupational disease

On the occasion of International Workers Memorial Day 2020[1], the global trade union movement calls upon governments and occupational health and safety bodies around the world to recognise SARS-CoV-2 as an occupational hazard, and COVID-19 as an occupational disease. With a third of the population around the world currently living under various forms of lockdown […]


ITF and IATA: Support from governments essential to protect jobs and preserve aviation industry

(Geneva/London) – The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for support from governments to the aviation industry, to protect jobs and ensure that air services can be maintained. The economic situation facing the aviation industry is severe. Air passenger demand is down 80%. Airlines are facing a liquidity […]


April 20, 2020

IATA and ITF joint statement on aviation support

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) together offer our deepest sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of those air transport workers that have lost their lives and to all affected by the virus and the measures taken to mitigate its impact. IATA and ITF call on governments […]


Podcast: women’s advocacy and Covid-19

The latest, special ITF podcast looking at the Covid-19 crisis has heard about the particular effects on working women. ITF project specialist (ending violence against women transport workers) Kim Rojas talks to Lisa Kelly and Eva Guta. Lisa Kelly is the national director of the women’s department from Unifor the union, Canada, and Eva Guta […]


April 16, 2020

Brave decisions will define the future of aviation

Aviation is fighting for its survival during the Covid-19 pandemic. It cannot win this fight on its own. We must make bold decisions today that will define the future of the industry and the lives of millions of passengers, aviation workers and our communities. Today, the ITF is making ten demands to both government and […]


April 3, 2020

ITF Aviation demands action to address the impact of COVID-19

Aviation is fighting for its survival during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It cannot win this fight on its own. We must make bold decisions today that will define the future of the industry and the lives of millions of passengers and aviation workers. The aviation industry directly employs an estimated 10.2 million people worldwide. The […]


Key workers can only protect us if we protect them

Global trade union leaders Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and Stephen Cotton, general secretary of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF), write about the importance of protecting supply chain workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened, we have seen images on news reports across the […]


March 30, 2020