Airlines recovery in the Arab world

The COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike any other crisis encountered by our industry. Thousands of jobs were lost, and the future of aviation post – pandemic is still uncertain. As the world reopens, we must look at how jobs can be retained, workers’ health and safety protected and how union infrastructure can be strengthened to […]

April 6, 2021

Abbassi calls on Arab airlines to respect trade union work (

Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), Houcine Abbassi has called on Arab airlines to respect trade union work and give their employees all their rights. Speaking Monday in Sousse at the opening of an international conference on “The organisation of trade union work in airports”, held by International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) […]

August 2, 2016

Aviation unions set strategies for industry future

Forty delegates from ITF-affiliated unions from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen, gathered in Tunis from on 1 to 3 September to discuss the issues and priorities in the civil aviation sector. The meeting looked at the challenges facing cabin crew and ground handling workers, as well as the effect of […]

September 18, 2015

DHL Bahrain Union holds an organizing seminar for Bahraini trade unions

The DHL Trade Union held an organizing seminar in the Kingdom of Bahrain in coordination with the ITF Arab World office, and the supervision of its affiliate, the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU). Ahmed Abd El Amir, the international relations officer at DHL union in Bahrain was among the speakers at the seminar. […]

February 13, 2014

Qatar Airways ‘requires’ hostesses to get permission before marrying (Al Arabiya)

Qatar Airways has come under scrutiny on Wednesday after it was accused of forcing its female workers to seek permission from the company when they decide to get married. In a report released by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) on Tuesday, the airline was found to also mandate that women tell a supervisor if they become […]

September 25, 2013

Basic labour rights in aviation

Aviation union leaders from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya and Jordan discuss support for a basic labour rights for aviation workers in Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The three airline giants are the fastest growing airlines in the world and between them employ more than 70,000 workers, pilots, cabin crew and ground staff, of […]

September 11, 2013