Sweden: Cabin crew, pilots win union representation, contract (themilitant.com)

After a two-day strike, pilots and cabin workers here won union representation and a contract. The workers are employed by temp agency Global Employer Company, which hires pilots and cabin crew for the United Kingdom-based carrier Flybe, a subcontractor since last year for some short runs of Scandinavian Airlines System. Negotiations between Global Employer and […]

March 7, 2016

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

Unions applaud crew and firefighter action over BA2276 evacuation

Three ITF affiliates have joined the federation in praising the actions of firefighters and the crew on board British Airways flight 2276 in evacuating 172 people when the plane caught fire before take-off this morning at Las Vegas airport. Many of the cabin crew are members of the ITF-affiliated Unite union based at Gatwick airport […]

September 10, 2015

First victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is celebrating the first victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways (QR) after the airline admitted that it has removed its contractual pregnancy and marriage prohibitions. These demanded that anyone becoming pregnant had to notify management, at which point she would be likely to lose her job, and forbade […]

August 28, 2015

ITF: FC Barcelona election ‘will decide fate of Qatar Airways sponsorship deal’

Tomorrow’s FC Barcelona presidential elections are likely to seal the fate of any further sponsorship deal by Qatar Airways (QR), according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). The ITF says that the gulf between the airline’s treatment of staff and the club’s strong social ethos is now so huge that it will figure in […]

July 17, 2015

Flight Attendants Call for Contract Day of Action at United Airlines (cwa-union.org)

The Joint Negotiating Committee of AFA-CWA flight attendants has called for a National Day of Action next Thursday, July 16, to highlight the difficulties that they are facing bargaining a contract with United Airlines. “The bottom line problem is the company’s unwillingness to put the required economic resources into a Flight Attendant Contract,” AFA-CWA President […]

July 13, 2015

ITF presses Cathay Pacific to address cabin crew’s concerns

The ITF has backed the Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union (FAU), and appealed to the head of the airline to address workers’ concerns over their conditions. The FAU is in dispute with management over changes to conditions and benefits. It staged a marathon sit-in at Hong Kong International Airport last week and is now […]

May 29, 2015

International Cabin Crew Day – FAAA supports marriage equality (FAAA)

May 31 is International Cabin Crew Day! It’s a day where cabin crew celebrate their profession as in-flight safety professionals, and where they recognise themselves as one global community. The day is celebrated by thousands of cabin crew members, mostly in the Americas and in some parts of Europe where marriage equality is already a […]