The Chilean people have spoken, now the government must listen

The ITF has called for the immediate end to the state of emergency in Chile, the opening of a genuine dialogue with the unions and civil society groups, and sent international solidarity to the Chilean people in their struggle against the repressive actions of the government. ITF general secretary Stephen Cotton said: “Firstly, we need […]

October 22, 2019

Court rules in favour of Chilean aviation workers

The court of appeals in Chile has backed workers of the Latam Express Union in their battle for justice following a strike in 2018. The court unanimously held that the cabin crew union’s strike, which lasted 17 days, was lawfully terminated by the union on 25 April 2018. Chilean labour law says a strike should […]

July 5, 2019

ETF support striking Swissport workers in Chile

The ITF Civil Aviation Section has been joined by the ETF Civil Aviation Section representing more than 80 unions with aviation workers in 41 countries in Europe, supporting the baggage handlers at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile in their collective action against Swissport in order to achieve a pay rise. The […]

June 24, 2019

Union for LATAM subsidiary says to strike as early as April 3 (

A union of cabin workers for LAN Express, a subsidiary of LATAM Airlines, said it failed to reach agreement on a labor contract and voted to strike as early as Tuesday. The union, which includes nearly 1,000 of the airline’s crew workers, said in a statement late on Thursday that a strike would paralyze local […]

April 4, 2018

Chile union delivers food to airport workers in LATAM protest

A trade union has delivered snacks to LAN workers on shift at Santiago airport, Chile, to draw public attention to the way the company treats its aviation workers there. The Union of Airport Workers (Sindilanex) said LAN (part of the LATAM group of airlines) workers at the airport have to spend up to six hours […]

February 19, 2016

Flights cancelled as strike in Chile bites

Chilean air traffic controllers joined in the strike action called for on 15 September 2015, by the workers of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) as they confirmed beforehand. Flight cancellations are abound in Chile at the moment. The photo is from the Santiago Airport. You can find further information about the dispute and the […]

September 15, 2015

ITF urges Chile president to act ahead of air action

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has urged the president of Chile to act to stave off the need for industrial action across Chile tomorrow. If tomorrow’s planned action takes place, it is likely to affect the civil aviation sector right across the country – even including Easter Island and Antarctica (where it would be […]

ITF urges Chile president to act to avoid civil aviation industrial action

The ITF has urged the Chilean president to step in to avoid possible industrial action on 15 September over 30-year-old pension grievances experienced by the country’s civil aviation administrative workers. If the action goes ahead, it will be right across the country, including Easter Island and Antarctica, thus becoming the first ever industrial action to […]

September 11, 2015