ITF welcomes opening of ILO office in Doha

The ITF alongside the ITUC and BWI yesterday attended the historical opening of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) office in Doha. For the first time the workers in Qatar will be able to bring complaints through the ILO office and it will allow for the ITF to assist in the process and the follow up the […]

April 30, 2018

JetBlue in-flight crew members overwhelmingly vote to join TWU (

In-flight crew members at JetBlue overwhelmingly voted to join the Transport Workers (TWU). With more than 86% of eligible employees participating in the vote, more than two-thirds voted in favor of joining TWU. TWU President John Samuelsen said: This historic victory is yet another example of the tide turning in America as workers continue to […]

April 23, 2018

Government accused of ‘sitting on its hands’ over Monarch’s future (

The government’s Brexit uncertainty and failure to intervene contributed to Monarch going into administration, Britain’s largest union, Unite said today (Monday 2 October). Accusing the government of ‘sitting on its hands’, Unite urged the government to step in to assist one of the UK’s oldest airlines and provide clarity for the UK’s aviation industry by […]

October 2, 2017

easyJet breastfeeding ruling is human rights victory for working women (

A landmark victory for two easyJet cabin crew will have wide implications for working women wishing to continue breastfeeding after their maternity leave ends, Unite, the country’s largest union, has said. With the support of Unite Legal Services, two members of easyJet’s Bristol based cabin crew, Sara Ambacher and Cynthia McFarlane, mothers of baby boys […]

November 1, 2016

‘It Was Really Disgusting’: What Sexual Harassment Looks Like at 30,000 Feet (

by Natasha Wynarczyk Female cabin crew have been sexually objectified since Pan Am’s 60s heyday. Women in the industry say it’s making their jobs a transatlantic nightmare. (…) On some airlines, control over what female cabin crew wear, how they behave, and what they can do in their personal life is extended to when they […]

June 6, 2016

JAL recruit cabin crew on a permanent basis (a news story from Kohkuren, Japan)

In December 2015, Japan Airlines (JAL) announced a change to the employment practices it has had since 1994, and will now recruit cabin crew members on a permanent employment basis starting from April 2016. This is a great achievement in our long fight over 20 years since the company went ahead with its employment practice […]

May 9, 2016

Gloria Steinem on how female flight attendants fought sexism in the skies (

In this exclusive excerpt from her memoir My Life on the Road, the writer and feminist activist reveals the harassment and discrimination women crew members faced in the ’60s and ’70s. When I first began flying a lot in the early 1970s, planes meant only mindlessness, escape from phones, maybe a movie, and most of […]

March 30, 2016

Congress needs to give flight attendants a break (

By Fredrick Kunkle The U.S. government could perhaps make the nation’s commercial airways healthier, saner and maybe even safer with a relatively simple step: ensure that flight attendants get enough sleep. It might even strike a blow for gender equality, too. The flight attendants union has been pushing for some time now for federal legislation […]

March 29, 2016