The Bailed-out Emirates escalate attack on jobs in Italy

After receiving government aid in Italy, Emirates’ local cargo division is now moving forward with put itself up for sale and implementing mass layoffs. Such a move by Emirates will severely hurt the airline’s cargo division’s employees and their families in Italy. All Italian aviation unions, including FILT CGIL, FIT CISL, UILTRASPORTI and UGL TRASPORTO […]

June 28, 2021

Emirates ordered to revoke dismissals of 3 Japanese union workers (a news story from Kohkuren, Japan)

On 11 October 2016, the Osaka Prefectural Government’s Labour Relations Commission ordered Emirates airline to revoke its dismissal of three unionised Japanese employees as it constitutes an unfair labour practice. On 31 March 2015, the Osaka District Court had already issued a provisional disposition that “abuse of the dismissal right, invalidation of dismissal, ordering payment […]

March 2, 2017

Emirates dismisses 3 workers due to closure of branch offices (a news story from Kohkuren, Japan)

In January 2013, three employees working at the Emirates’ reservation and ticketing section in Osaka joined the Sky Network (SNW) labor union to tackle such problems as moral harassment and unpaid overtime, and they created certain results. On May 20, 2014, the company suddenly announced the closure of the ticketing counter in Tokyo and Osaka, […]

July 28, 2016

Why Emirates Is Not a Real Airline (

By Rob Britton Adjunct professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University On September 1, Emirates Airline opened yet another new route, from Dubai to Orlando, their 10th U.S. gateway. Behind all the cheerleading in central Florida, though, is a stark reality: Emirates cannot simultaneously operate as a for-profit company and meet the […]

September 14, 2015

Old foes reunited in battle (

As global aviation industry executives convened in Doha last month, a much-publicised divide between GCC and European airlines showed little sign of being bridged In June, delegates arriving at the AGM of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline industry’s biggest annual bash, were among the first passengers to experience Doha’s new Hamad International […]

July 2, 2014

Airlines in Mideast look beyond their region (International New York Times Asia)

There is little doubting the ambitions of the giant Middle Eastern airlines, but recent large plane orders demonstrated just how aggressively these carriers plan to compete in coming years. The three airlines — Emirates, Etihad Airlines and Qatar Airways — all based in a small area, already operate more wide-body airplanes than all the American […]

December 2, 2013

First steps agreed in bid for Gulf aviation basic rights

The session on anti-union Gulf states this morning heard from an ITF panel composed of Sarah Finke, Mahendra Sharma, Stuart Howard, and Gabriel Mocho. They covered the following points: Freedom of association in the Gulf States is a regional matter but also a global one. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are global businesses that avoid […]

September 12, 2013

Basic labour rights in aviation

Aviation union leaders from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya and Jordan discuss support for a basic labour rights for aviation workers in Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The three airline giants are the fastest growing airlines in the world and between them employ more than 70,000 workers, pilots, cabin crew and ground staff, of […]

September 11, 2013