Why so many shipowners find Panama’s flag convenient (bbc.co.uk)

Panama, a small nation of just three million, has the largest shipping fleet in the world, greater than those of the US and China combined. Aliyya Swaby investigates how this tiny Central American country came to rule the waves. (…) Cheaper foreign labour Most merchant ships flying Panama’s flag belong to foreign owners wishing to […]


April 11, 2016

ITF statements of solidarity following Belgium terror attacks

To our colleagues in Belgium, Today your country and its people were attacked by terrorists who targeted the users and workers of your nation’s transport systems. The attacks were cruel, deplorable and abhorrent to anyone who believes in decency, humanity and justice. I can assure you that all of us throughout the ITF global family […]


March 22, 2016

Video: TPP = Corporate Power Tool of the 1%

The following video spot has been produced by the Global Trade Watch (GTW) as part of its campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). GTW is a division of Public Citizen, the national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971. The Global Trade Watch division was created in 1995 to promote government and corporate accountability […]


March 16, 2016

New ITUC Report “Qatar: Profit and Loss” Workers Paying with Lives as Companies Extract Billions in Profit (ituc-csi.org)

A new report from the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that $15 billion profit will be made by companies working in Qatar on infrastructure for the controversial 2022 FIFA World Cup using up to 1.8 million migrant workers who are modern day slaves. The report released on International Migrants Day is critical of Qatar for […]


December 18, 2015

Qatar’s labour law “reforms” a sham (ituc-csi.org)

Labour law changes announced by the Government of Qatar for 2017 add a new layer of repression for migrant workers and leave the kafala modern slavery system intact. Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said, “Promises of reform have been used as a smokescreen to draw in companies and governments to do business in Qatar as […]


October 28, 2015

Global union speaks out for Finnish workers

ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) leaders have joined to speak out in defence of Finnish workers and their trade unions, and the way they have championed the best of that country’s values worldwide. Finland’s workers are currently under attack from a government trying to force through unprecedented development cuts, austerity measures and changes to sick […]


September 25, 2015

British Airways passengers fled a burning plane with luggage. Here’s why you shouldn’t do that (washingtonpost.com)

Your plane is on fire. You can see smoke billowing outside the windows. Flight attendants are screaming to evacuate. So you unbuckle your seat belt, stand up, open the overhead compartment and make sure you grab that nice piece of luggage you brought with you. I mean, you can’t possibly let it burn! Wait, what? […]


September 11, 2015

Send them a message to FIFA

Dear Sisters and Brothers, FIFA is in crisis. Nine officials have been arrested and charged with corruption. The Zurich headquarters has been raided, with documents seized in connection with the Qatar World Cup. Despite all this, all indications are that the FIFA World Congress will vote today for more of the same — to re-elect […]


May 29, 2015