ITF, IndustriALL and TUAC urge action on export credit to revive global economy

Airline passenger demand fell 65 per cent in 2020 compared to the previous year and the demand for commercial aerospace products have also fallen dramatically. As a result, hundreds of thousands of workers in the sectors have been laid off. Export credit agency support is critical for restoring employment levels. The International Transport Workers’ Federation […]


March 4, 2021

Arresting trade unionists is a threat to workers’ rights everywhere, global unions call for the immediate release of Hong Kong activists

Global unions have extended their solidarity to the 47 activists from Hong Kong arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit subversion under the new National Security Law on Sunday, 28 February 2021. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) today demanded that Hong Kong drop all charges against the […]


“Can you hear us? This is our final warning!” – Schiphol Airport workers strike for quality jobs

Cleaners, ground crew and security workers at Schiphol Airport are striking today to send a final warning to airport management to end the race to the bottom in their wages and conditions. Schiphol Airport management seems only to have one goal: reduce costs by increasing the competition among external contractors that provide ground handling, security […]


March 2, 2021

Global unions ramp up pressure on governments and corporations to isolate Myanmar military junta

Global Unions Joint Statement Ten Global Unions representing more than 200 million workers from across the world call on unions globally to ramp up pressure on governments and corporations to target the commercial interests of the Myanmar military junta. We urge trade unions and workers around the world to organise, unite and stand with the […]


February 9, 2021

Unite ends BA ‘fire and rehire’ dispute by securing deal to avoid forthcoming cargo strike action

Unite, the UK’s principal aviation union, has secured a deal (subject to a members’ ballot) to end the long running dispute over British Airways’ plans to fire and rehire the workforce in its cargo division. Strike action taken Members of Unite employed at BA Cargo, the majority of whom work at Heathrow Airport, undertook nine […]


January 27, 2021

Reinstatement of ATC workers is a major achievement for public safety

ITF affiliate Asociación Dominicana de Controladores de Tránsito Aéreo (ADCA) has won a legal battle to reinstate workers who were unfairly dismissed for denouncing major safety failings in the air traffic control system in the Dominican Republic. “After seven years of legal proceedings, I’m delighted that justice has been served for the union, workers, and […]


January 15, 2021

Joint letter slams Bluebird Nordic’s bogus self-employment ploy

The ITF, ETF, IFALPA, ECA, NTA & FIA have sent a joint letter to Bluebird Nordic to condemn their actions against their contracted employees. Our Icelandic affiliate Icelandic Airline Pilots Association (FIA) has informed us about Bluebird Nordic planned restructuring of the airline. We regret seeing Bluebird Nordic management’s actions, laying off all their pilots […]


January 14, 2021

Unions take Qantas to High Court over alleged misuse of JobKeeper scheme, underpayment of staff (abc.net.au)

Unions are taking their fight against Qantas and its use of the JobKeeper wage subsidy program to the High Court. They say workers have been ripped off by the airline after working public holidays, weekends and overtime during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) is accusing Qantas of not paying workers their rightful […]