ETF ramps up pressure on ‘anti-union’ LOT

In a bid to ramp up the pressure on LOT Polish Airlines (LOT) over its unlawful sacking of Andrzej Jeżewski, vice-president of the ITF and ETF affiliated cabin crew union ZZPP, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) has urged the voice of the European airline industry and Polish members of the European Parliament to use […]

August 29, 2014

IAM, AFA, TWU call on DOT to deny Norwegian Air scheme (

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reject an application for a foreign air carrier permit submitted by Norwegian Air International (NAI). In comments filed yesterday the unions, representing over 80,000 Flight Attendants, […]

August 20, 2014

European Commission sponsoring low cost airlines!

As of 1st April 2014, the European Commission has abandoned its policy to only use International Air Transport Association (IATA) airlines for professional missions and its officials are now obliged to fly low cost airlines. The Commission staff and the European civil aviation employees condemn this approach. They urge the Commission to revise its position […]

May 16, 2014

ETF fully supports the Parat industrial action in ‘Norwegian’

On behalf of 2.5 million transport workers and 250,000 civil aviation workers from 41 European countries and over 230 trade unions, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) expresses its full support to the industrial action currently being in progress at ‘Norwegian Air’ by Parat. The ETF has learnt that Norwegian’s management is not ready to […]

May 13, 2014

European Parliament endorses Commission’s low-cost approach to SES2+

Today, Wednesday 12 March 2014, the European Parliament (EP) has voted on the Single European Sky recast regulation (SES2+). Despite the pressure put by the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), its affiliates and other stakeholders, the EP did not oppose the European Commission’s approach to dogmatically liberalise the ATM (air traffic management) industry and disregarded […]

March 12, 2014

Important step for improving European aviation safety

ETF welcomes the new non-punitive occurrence reporting system Today, Wednesday 26 February 2014, the European Parliament adopted the compromise text agreed by the Commission, the Council and the Parliament on the new European occurrence reporting Regulation. The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), which represents air traffic controllers (ATCOs), pilots and all other categories of civil […]

February 26, 2014

A call to the ITF’s European aviation affiliates and workers: Join the ETF’s low fare airlines survey

In the context of an EU-funded project, the ETF Civil Aviation Section has decided to set up an online survey to investigate the evolution of the labour market in the airline industry following the development of low fares airlines. Needless to say that all civil aviation employees are affected by this issue. This online survey […]

February 17, 2014

Trade unions still concerned over future of air traffic control (

European trade unions are still up in arms over the reduction of air traffic control budgets proposed for the 2015-2019 period. These cuts were ratified by member state experts during the Single Sky Committee meeting, on 4 February (see Europolitics 4803). The reductions are less than those initially proposed by the European Commission but are […]

February 12, 2014