ITF calls for the immediate release of 53 activists arrested in Hong Kong

The International Transport Workers’ Federation demands the immediate release of 53 activists arrested this morning in Hong Kong under the National Security Law for allegedly “subverting state power” by holding primaries for pro-democracy candidates in the postponed Hong Kong elections. Among those detained is Carol Ng, Chair of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions. […]


January 6, 2021

New labour laws a historic breakthrough for migrant workers in Qatar

New laws announced and adopted by the Government of Qatar represent a historic leap in the protection of migrant workers’ rights in the Gulf State. These new laws together with the removal of the exit permit system earlier this year effectively eliminates the kafala system of modern slavery. The latest labour reforms which include the […]


September 4, 2020

Our Indonesian sisters and brothers need your urgent support

“Stop Widodo’s Omnibus Bill and protect Indonesian workers and their families!” Trade unions in Indonesia, including our civil aviation affiliate Ikatan Awak Kabin Garuda Indonesia (IKAGI), are deeply concerned that a new draft law on “job creation” will be rushed through the parliament, and will severely undermine workers’ rights. According to the information we have […]


August 24, 2020

Some aviations companies latch onto the Covid-19 crisis to escalate their attack on the labour force

Since the beginning of theCovid-19 crisis, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has been working flat out with its affiliates, employers, governments and relevant international institutions to protect the rights of its affiliates and transport workers globally. The ITF and its aviation affiliates have identified several strategic responses to the crisis, including: • immediate action […]


August 20, 2020

The ITF stands in solidarity with the workers and people of Beirut

It is with shock and despair that we have received the news of the explosion at the Port of Beirut that has devastated the city, killed at least 100 people, injured thousands and rendered hundreds of thousands more homeless. We at the ITF send our deepest condolences and solidarity to the people of Lebanon. We […]


August 6, 2020

ITF organises solidarity calls for the Strike for Black Lives

Racial justice is union business, and the ITF stands committed to the struggle. On Monday 20 July the ITF will actively engage in the Strike for Black Lives, organised by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Following the appalling murder of George Floyd by police at the end of May, the Strike for Black Lives […]


July 17, 2020

Podcast: Covid-19 and the ILO

In a fourth special show about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on working people, ITF legal director Ruwan Subasinghe has spoken to Maria Helena Andre, director of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) bureau for workers’ activities (ACTRAV). Maria Helena Andre talks about the ILO’s role during this crisis, the threat to the rights of […]


May 4, 2020

#MayDay2020: The system is broken, together we will build a new normal

International Workers’ Day message from ITF president Paddy Crumlin and ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton This year for the first time, we can’t march on the streets for International Workers’ Day, but that will never stop us demonstrating our strength and solidarity. This crisis, driven by the Covid-19 pandemic, has shown the world what we […]


May 1, 2020