One year on, Ryanair still needs to stabilise its industrial relations

A year after Ryanair announced it would recognise unions, the company still has a long way to go before it can be considered a fair employer. On 15 December 2017, under immense pressure from workers and facing looming challenges to its growth plans and corporate governance, Ryanair announced that it would recognise unions for the […]


December 12, 2018

Ryanair chief executive wins prize for world’s worst boss

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has been voted the world’s worst boss at the Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The prize, whose shortlist also included Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi, was open to a worldwide public vote in the lead-up to the ITUC Congress. The contenders are all top business […]


December 6, 2018

Another great success for Ryanair cabin crew fighting for their rights!

On 15 November, the German federal government kept its promise regarding closing a loophole in the country’s labour legislation which has traditionally benefited airlines at the expense of workers. Under the German industrial relations system workers in companies above a certain size are able to form a ‘works council’, giving them a voice in how […]


November 16, 2018

Union research shows support for Ryanair chairman even lower than reported

Shareholder support for Ryanair chairman David Bonderman at the company’s recent AGM was even lower than reported, new research by trade union groups shows. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) have analysed the records of shareholder votes published since the Ryanair AGM last month. The research shows that even […]


October 29, 2018

Loophole in German labour legislation to be closed

Last week, the German federal government announced that it would be closing a loophole in the country’s labour legislation which has traditionally benefited airlines at the expense of workers.


October 24, 2018

ITF Civil Aviation Section 2018 Congress film

The slogan of the ITF Congress was “Transport Workers Building Power”. Between 14 and 20 October, aviation unions from across the world joined forces to form a collective voice. The ITF Civil Aviation Section Congress film gives a quick look at the work being done by the Section to build stronger aviation unions and create […]


The true cost of flying low cost (gulf-times.com)

By Alex Macheras Over the last decade, low-cost airlines have dominated the air travel sector. Around the world, passengers have become accustomed to being able to fly 2,000 miles for as little as $20. The rapid rise of low-cost airlines all over the globe, including Norwegian Air, and the Air Asia Group, has driven down […]


October 22, 2018

ITF and ETF condemn Ryanair’s attempts to obstruct strike action

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) condemn Ryanair’s attempts to obstruct workers’ right to strike. Cabin crew in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain are taking simultaneous industrial action today, leading to the most widespread Ryanair strike yet. This has been provoked by the company’s persistent failure […]


September 28, 2018