#WeAreITF: End of year messages from ITF president and general secretary

As we enter a new decade, ITF president Paddy Crumlin and general secretary Steve Cotton reflect on 2019 and commit to driving and delivering social, economic and environmental justice throughout the world, and for transport workers globally. Message from ITF president Paddy Crumlin So it’s greetings from Union Central, Union Central is all over the […]


December 30, 2019

High level ITF delegation signs enhanced MoU in China

An ITF delegation, led by the general secretary Stephen Cotton, has visited China this week to enhance cooperation and understanding with the country’s labour movement. The visiting group included Asia Pacific members of the ITF’s executive board and was arranged to fulfil the mandate set by the executive board to further the strategic relationship with […]


November 29, 2019

ITF congratulates new ICAO Council president

The ITF general secretary has written to the new president of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to congratulate him on his election and looking forward to further close cooperation between the two organisations. Salvatore Sciacchitano, from Italy, will begin his three-year term in January 2020 and succeeds Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu from Nigeria. Stephen […]


International young workers camp organises new union members in Uganda

Nearly 500 workers have signed up to their local union as part of a young workers’ camp in Jinja, Uganda, backed by the ITF. Over 100 young workers are participating in the event, with representatives from Uganda, Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania and Mozambique. The ITF part funded the event and sent an international delegation of […]


November 26, 2019

Toilet rights are human rights: Transport Workers’ Sanitation Charter

On World Toilet Day, 19 November 2019, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is launching a Transport Workers’ Sanitation Charter, because toilet rights are human rights. The charter provides guidance on what action should be taken by employers and governments to ensure access to toilets for transport workers, and includes a checklist for workers and […]


November 19, 2019

Record vote against deportations at Qantas AGM

A shareholder motion calling on Qantas to review its practice of carrying out deportations for the Australian government has achieved record support. Qantas is one of several Australian airlines which deports asylum seekers on behalf of the country’s immigration authorities. Unions and activist groups alike remain seriously concerned about these companies’ role in enforcing government […]


November 1, 2019

Women’s Advocate Programme expands

The ITF women’s department has joined with affiliates in Bogotá and Buenos Aires to plan the expansion of the ITF Women’s Advocate Programme to Colombia and Argentina It is part of an ongoing project funded by Union To Union – the Swedish trade union movement’s organisation for international development. The workshops looked at the root […]


October 28, 2019

Caribbean region plans strategy to build workers’ power

Union leaders from countries across the Caribbean have come together to develop a strategy for building  workers’ power in the region. Over 20 activists from nine countries met in Antigua. They agreed to focus on building power through working to organise transport workers in tourism, maritime infrastructure, and the oil and gas industry. The group […]