“Airlines are overlooking the mental health and wellbeing of pilots and other aviation workers in their scramble to get planes flying again” (www.theguardian.com)

By Rory Carroll Researchers say industry practice should change to encourage workers to seek help when they need it Airlines are overlooking the mental health and wellbeing of pilots and other aviation workers in their scramble to get planes flying again, according to researchers. Many aviation workers experienced anxiety, stress and depression during Covid-19 lockdowns, […]


June 3, 2021

Airlines recovery in the Arab world

The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike any other crisis encountered by our industry. Thousands of jobs were lost, and the future of aviation post – pandemic is still uncertain. As the world reopens, we must look at how jobs can be retained, workers’ health and safety protected and how union infrastructure can be strengthened to […]


April 6, 2021

Seafarers, air transport workers must be prioritised for vaccine

Today the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reiterates our strong request for seafarers and aviation workers to be prioritised by governments in their Covid-19 vaccination programmes. The ITF welcomes the joint statement from UN bodies last week supporting this position. Covid-19 and its impacts have been felt by none more acutely than transport workers and […]


March 29, 2021

ITF calls on governments for the swift adoption of new ICAO guidance

With passenger demand continuing its free-fall and prospects for an industry turnaround being hampered by government travel restrictions brought on by new COVID-19 variants, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is calling on governments to adopt updated guidance issued today by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART). “There is a clear and urgent need […]


March 15, 2021

Argentina limits aircrew exposure to cosmic radiation for the first time

Aviation workers who exceed 6mSv a year of exposure to cosmic radiation are recommended to stop flying under new guidance issued by the government of Argentina, its national airline and union representatives. Excessive exposure to cosmic radiation has been linked to health problems including cancer and miscarriage during pregnancy. It is vital for aircrew safety […]


Joint letter slams Bluebird Nordic’s bogus self-employment ploy

The ITF, ETF, IFALPA, ECA, NTA & FIA have sent a joint letter to Bluebird Nordic to condemn their actions against their contracted employees. Our Icelandic affiliate Icelandic Airline Pilots Association (FIA) has informed us about Bluebird Nordic planned restructuring of the airline. We regret seeing Bluebird Nordic management’s actions, laying off all their pilots […]


January 14, 2021

Aviation workers should be given priority for COVID-19 vaccines

The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) welcome progress in the development of vaccines for COVID-19. As vaccines continue to be approved and distributed worldwide, aviation workers will play a key role in the integrity of their global supply chain. An effective global vaccine strategy will […]


December 22, 2020

Ver.di wins a breakthrough agreement for DHL pilots

ITF’s German affiliate Ver.di announced on 11 December the successful conclusion of the collective bargaining negotiations for European Air Transport (EAT) flight deck crew in DHL’s Leipzig operation. The new collective agreement (CBA) between EAT and Ver.di gives workers: more off duty time for the same amount of money more compensation for the periods that […]


December 14, 2020