Aviation industrial relations and trade union strategies during and after COVID-19 crisis

A recent report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a left-leaning think tank based in the UK drafted in consultation with aviation unions and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) propose a co-ordinated sector-wide package to support workers in the aviation industry in transitioning through a period of disruption and uncertainty. Published last month, the 25-page […]


July 6, 2020

IFALPA-ITF key considerations on workplace safety for the resumption of global air services

As countries around the world re-open their borders to air services after the Covid-19 lockdown, there remains several health, safety and security concerns that have not yet been fully addressed by aviation regulators or employers. It is the position of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation […]


June 5, 2020

Governments, employers and unions must act together to save aviation (internationalairportreview.com)

Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)’s Civil Aviation Secretary, emphasises how the world needs governments and employers to step up to the challenge of protecting jobs, livelihoods and international transport. In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, the aviation sector is fighting for its survival. Flight capacity has already fallen by over […]


June 2, 2020

ILO, IMO and ICAO urge governments to act on crew change, ‘key worker’ status

The leaders of the world’s highest maritime, aviation and labour authorities have issued a joint statement calling on governments to facilitate maritime crew changes and designate the millions of workers in critical transport industries through the present pandemic as ‘key workers’. Fang Liu (International Civil Aviation Organization), Kitack Lim (International Maritime Organization) and Guy Ryder […]


May 28, 2020

Women transport workers’ rights and COVID-19

Transport workers together for a gender equal new normal The transport industry is highly gendered, and whilst all transport workers are being severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be specific and additional impacts for women transport workers. As the International Labour Organization (ILO) has recognised, the challenges arising out of this crisis have […]


May 20, 2020

ITF backs call for equality at Turkish Airlines

Aviation union Hava-Is is demanding that Turkish Airlines stops discriminating against certain groups of workers in its response to Covid-19. Earlier this year, as the Covid-19 pandemic began to spread westwards to Turkey, around 2,500 Turkish Airlines workers volunteered for unpaid leave to help the company maintain financial stability. Workers agreed to these exceptional arrangements […]


May 11, 2020

New ILO publication: COVID-19 and civil aviation

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) recently issued a series of sectoral briefs assessing the impact of COVID-19 on several industries, including civil aviation. “COVID-19 and civil aviation” provide a preliminary assessment of the impact of the pandemic on global civil aviation as well as policy responses and measures taken by governments, employers and unions. Moreover, […]


April 15, 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