Colombian air traffic controllers warn of staff shortages

The ITF affiliate ACDECTA – Asociación Colombiana de Controladores Aéreos – is demanding the government hire and train more air traffic controllers, due to the workload increase that is jeopardizing the safety of air operations in the country. According to ACDECTA, the increase in air operations is forcing air traffic controllers to do 12-hour shifts, […]

November 11, 2019

Women’s Advocate Programme expands

The ITF women’s department has joined with affiliates in Bogotá and Buenos Aires to plan the expansion of the ITF Women’s Advocate Programme to Colombia and Argentina It is part of an ongoing project funded by Union To Union – the Swedish trade union movement’s organisation for international development. The workshops looked at the root […]

October 28, 2019

UNI backs ITF defence of Avianca workers’ rights

UNI Global Union has backed the ITF and its unions in their defence of Avianca workers in Colombia. At its world executive board meeting on 10-11 October, UNI expressed concern over Avianca’s violation of the right to freedom of association, collective bargaining and the right to strike, and its failure to comply with labour legislation, […]

October 25, 2017

Aviation strikes in Argentina and Brazil ramp up pressure on LATAM

Strikes by civil aviation workers in Brazil and Argentina on 3 February were the latest actions in a battle across the region to improve working conditions at the giant LATAM Airlines Group (LATAM). The two-hour stoppage in Brazil was part of a general strike organised by pilots, cabin crew and ground staff over the collective […]

February 11, 2016

Avianca-Colombia: IFC should follow ombudsman’s recommendations for labour standards compliance, say unions (

The ITUC and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) call on the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private-sector lending arm, to implement the recommendations issued today by IFC’s Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) to improve compliance procedures for IFC Performance Standard 2 on labour and working conditions. The CAO report, which came in response […]

May 20, 2015

ITF calls for Colombian govt action over Avianca exploitation

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) has called on the Colombian government to enforce national law and hold the Avianca airline to account over its continued use of fake ‘co-operatives’ as a way of ducking its responsibilities to employees. The practice of setting up fake ‘associated workco-operatives’ has become such a problem in Colombia that […]

November 20, 2014

LAN and TAM airline union leaders and company representatives to meet with Peru’s Ministry of Labour

LAN and TAM airline union leaders from Argentina, Peru and Chile will be meeting in Lima, Peru today, in an effort to convince the company to provide decent working conditions for workers in the LATAM Aviation Group. A meeting will be held today, 24 June, at Peru’s Ministry of Labour with representatives of the company […]

June 24, 2014

LAN and TAM airline workers to take action this week

LAN and TAM airline unions will take lawful solidarity action this week in Chile, Colombia and Argentina in support of strikes by LAN Peru mechanics and LAN Argentina flight attendants LAN Peru union leader reports detention and threats in Lima Airport. This week 23 to 27 June, aviation unions in the ITF LATAM Network in […]