New research highlights the damaging effect of COVID-19 mitigations on UK pilots and the aviation industry (balpa.org)

A study carried out by Dr Simon Bennett, Director of Leicester University’s Civil Safety and Security Unit, with the assistance of the British Airline Pilots’ Association, has highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on UK pilots. The research, based on a survey and in-depth interviews with pilots, looked at how being furloughed affected flight […]


October 31, 2022

Working conditions worsening for 90% of aviation workers globally, new data shows

Survey of over 3,700 aviation workers saw 9 in 10 say the quality of jobs is declining in their industry. –  World’s aviation unions announce findings ahead of the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly in Montreal. –  International Transport Workers’ Federation formally submits extensive ‘New Deal for Aviation’ plan to tackle travel chaos. Tuesday 27th September 2022. Montreal, […]


September 27, 2022

Airlines used pandemic to erode working conditions for thousands of staff, report finds 

Major airlines used pandemic as an excuse to force workers into contracts with worse terms, new research shows.   Employers including Qantas, Ryanair and British Airways criticised for overzealous cost cutting measures despite airlines receiving USD $137bn in state aid.  Eroded working conditions have led to staffing crises and loss of employee trust, says International Transport Workers’ Federation.    […]


August 26, 2022

ITF: Urgent industry response needed to curb aviation crisis

Following today’s announcement by Gatwick airport that it will reduce its summer capacity, transport workers unions have called on the aviation industry to take urgent measures to address worker shortages.  The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) called on corporations across the aviation industry to take urgent measures to work more collaboratively with governments and unions […]


June 17, 2022

ILO and ICAO agreement flags importance of labour standards in global aviation industry recovery

A new agreement signed today by the global bodies representing the global civil aviation industry and labour recognises the importance of decent labour standards for aviation workers in the safety, resilience and recovery of the global aviation industry. The memorandum of understanding signed today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Labour […]


March 16, 2022

Sunwing party flight shows need for stronger rules, flight attendants say (ohscanada.com)

By Christopher Reynolds MONTREAL — In the wake of a party on a Sunwing Airlines flight from Montreal to Cancun, Mexico, flight attendants are demanding stronger action from government and carriers to ensure health and safety on board amid the Omicron surge. Videos of the Dec. 30 charter flight shared on social media show unmasked […]


January 10, 2022

New aviation gloom is a result of neglecting poor countries in vaccine roll out

We should be looking ahead, this International Civil Aviation Day, to the challenges of economic recovery and climate change. Instead, we’re still gripped by the devastating impact that Covid-19 continues to have of aviation workers and the industry worldwide. Governments in some rich countries have put their own vaccine programmes ahead of tackling the pandemic […]


December 7, 2021

Global Transport Chiefs urge UN to end humanitarian crisis for supply chain workers

IATA, ICS, IRU and ITF pen letter warning of global transport system ‘collapse’ Global road, air and sea organisations and unions have today called on the world’s heads of government gathering at this week’s UN General Assembly to end a ‘global humanitarian and supply chain crisis.’ In an open letter published on the day of […]


September 30, 2021