Legal victory for the Dominican Republic air traffic controllers after seven years’ struggle

ITF affiliated Dominican Air Traffic Controllers Association (ADCA) celebrates a bittersweet legal victory for it, 28 members, after waging a seven-years long struggle for reinstatement. Back in 2013, ADCA alerted the authorities about a long list of their concerns about the shortcomings of their country’s air traffic control system that were placing the safety of […]

November 20, 2020

Concerns over remote digital towers (

Unions and local politicians have voiced serious concern after it emerged that Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) is looking at proposals to do away with air traffic control towers across its network of airports. Dozens of highly skilled and well paid jobs could be on the line if HIAL centralises air traffic control to […]

May 18, 2017

ATS unions: use new ITF guide to defend the right to strike

Air traffic services (ATS) workers around the world are increasingly being targeted in attacks on the right to strike – so the ITF has produced guidance to help their unions navigate the complexities of this more hostile industrial environment. The right to strike is protected by International Labour Organization (ILO) convention 87, but may be […]

March 6, 2017

Remote Towers Conference – Register now!

Online registration for the Remote Towers Conference (4-5 February 2016) in London is now open. The purpose of the conference is to initiate a comprehensive discussion on remote towers to build a union strategy for it. After a decade of intensive research and development, and millions that had been spent in investment, the idea providing […]

January 8, 2016

Prospect calls for CAA to be broken up (

Prospect has called for the UK’s aviation regulator to be split up, in a letter to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, amid concerns that safety is no longer its paramount concern. The union, which represents more than 5,000 aviation specialists, reached the conclusion that the Civil Aviation Authority’s regulatory functions should be separated after extensive research […]

September 23, 2015

ITF backs Dominican Republic ATCs sacked over air safety warnings

The ITF is strongly backing the campaign by its affiliate the Dominican Air Traffic Controllers Association (ADCA) to win the reinstatement of air traffic controllers sacked by the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) 13 months ago. The union argues that the workers were sacked as punishment for publicly raising concerns in 2012 about deficiencies which […]

April 17, 2015

ITF ramps up pressure over scapegoated Russian air traffic controllers

The ITF has ramped up the pressure to drop criminal charges against three air traffic controllers at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport who it says were unfairly scapegoated for the tragic accident which killed the head of oil giant Total and all crew members on 20 October 2014. ITF general secretary Steve Cotton wrote to Russian president […]

April 9, 2015

ETF welcomes Council’s general approach to SES2+

As one of the key stakeholders in the Single European Sky (SES) process and representative of more than 25,000 Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) and Air Traffic Management (ATM) staff in Europe, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) welcomes the general approach adopted by the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council meeting today. At the same time, […]

December 3, 2014