Wizz Air dismisses four trade unionists in latest union-busting endeavour

It is no secret that Wizz Air has strong anti-union tendencies. The CEO József Váradi likes to brag about it publicly, claiming that the company will leave any country where workers attempt to organise. Recent events in Wizz Air’s Kyiv base demonstrate what such anti-union attitude means in practice. In a workplace already fraught with […]

August 27, 2020

ITF backs call for equality at Turkish Airlines

Aviation union Hava-Is is demanding that Turkish Airlines stops discriminating against certain groups of workers in its response to Covid-19. Earlier this year, as the Covid-19 pandemic began to spread westwards to Turkey, around 2,500 Turkish Airlines workers volunteered for unpaid leave to help the company maintain financial stability. Workers agreed to these exceptional arrangements […]

May 11, 2020

ITF survey on cabin crew harassment and discrimination

Please take the survey! Your feedback is essential! And please share this message with your fellow union members. Shocking revelations of harassment and discrimination in the airline industry have come to light over the past year, with worrying numbers of cabin crew experiencing harassment, bullying and discrimination at work. To hold airlines to account for […]

February 11, 2020

Too fat to fly? (dotemirates.com)

Employees from regional carriers including Qatar Airways have confided to Arab News that they have faced being grounded or have been “humiliated” by their employers for being overweight. A former Qatar Airways cabin member, who asked to be quoted by his first name “Martin,” said when he worked for the Doha-based airline he was sent […]

November 13, 2017

ITF calls for the cancellation of the ban on carrying electronic devices out of eight countries

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) calls on the US and the UK governments to cancel their decisions of putting restrictions on carrying electronic devices out of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunis, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar. The ITF considers such decisions as discriminatory actions against passengers and airlines from certain countries without clear reasons […]

April 18, 2017

Enemy at the gate (private-eye.co.uk)

Given Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s boast that “short of committing murder, negative publicity sells more seats than positive publicity”, his airline’s deplorable treatment of a family with a severely disabled child en route to a holiday in Portugal should not come as a shock. But one fellow passenger, a medic, was so outraged he is […]

August 5, 2016

‘It Was Really Disgusting’: What Sexual Harassment Looks Like at 30,000 Feet (broadly.vice.com)

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

Qatar Airways still faces heat on female staff discrimination (equaltimes.org)

Qatar Airways’ decision to stop firing female staff for becoming pregnant is seen as a victory for labour rights in the Gulf state, but an inquiry by the International Labour Organization (ILO) remains open as questions persist about other discriminatory practices. The ILO tells Equal Times its inquiry into Qatar Airways is “still an ongoing […]

September 2, 2015