Airlines cause one million minutes of delay while blaming others (ATCEUC, ETF and IFATSEA joint press statement)

The undersigned ATM Professional Staff Organisations note with great regret yet another attack of Airlines for Europe (A4E) on the European Air Traffic Management in the form of a joint letter of A4E member airlines’ CEOs to the European Air Navigation Service providers (ANSPs). The letter enumerates a number of ATM-related issues as cause for […]

September 26, 2017

European Commission must act on Social Agenda Aviation Strategy for Europe

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the largest European workers’ representative in civil aviation, welcomes the European Parliament (EP) resolution on an Aviation Strategy for Europe adopted on 16 February 2017. ETF calls upon the European Commission to follow up on the EP’s social recommendations by turning them into binding legislative proposals and thus contribute […]

February 21, 2017

EU-Qatar Deal must include aviation workers’ rights (ETF Press Release)

On the eve of the first negotiation round between the EU and Qatar on a horizontal air transport agreement taking place from 19 – 21 September 2016 in Doha, the ETF reiterates its demand that such type of agreements must contribute to a social progress for all aviation workers. Further liberalisation of air transport without […]

September 14, 2016

Reminder to European aviation workers: Support Fair Transport Europe!

A group of European citizens, transport workers and union members have launched a new European Citizens’ Initiative – Fair Transport Europe – which calls on the European Commission (EC) to propose measures for ensuring fair competition in transport and to guarantee equal treatment of workers. The initiative, which was publicly launched on 28 September 2016, […]

March 7, 2016

Air Traffic Management partners in Europe sign declaration with European Commission to further improve Aviation safety

Associations representing all aspects of the air traffic management industry in Europe have signed a Declaration with the European Commission to improve the reporting and analysis of safety information. The Declaration sets out a number of key principles to encourage staff working in aviation to report mistakes or events without fear of punishment. Safety incident […]

October 1, 2015

Zero-hour pilot contracts threaten air safety, says study (

Airlines are increasingly using zero-hour contracts, pay-to-fly schemes, and temporary employment agencies based outside the EU to hire pilots and cut costs, practices which undermine passenger safety and social standards, a report by the University of Ghent has found. According to the report, which was financed by the European Commission, airlines have turned to “creative […]

February 18, 2015

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

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