ILO and ICAO agreement flags importance of labour standards in global aviation industry recovery

A new agreement signed today by the global bodies representing the global civil aviation industry and labour recognises the importance of decent labour standards for aviation workers in the safety, resilience and recovery of the global aviation industry. The memorandum of understanding signed today by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Labour […]


March 16, 2022

Qatar signs new agreement with ITF on transport worker rights

The Ministry of Labour of Qatar today signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ITF and, with worker-management committees, it takes another leap forward in rights for transport workers. The MoU between Qatar and the ITF builds on a previous agreement as part of an International Labour Organisation (ILO) technical project. It outlines […]


March 3, 2022

WHO and ILO form Action Group with global transport bodies to protect workers’ rights and ease supply chain congestion

World Health Organization and International Labour Organization agree to form an Action Group to ensure implementation of COVID-19 protocols for transport workers.  Crisis talks held as nations rush to unilaterally reinstate travel restrictions, following the emergence of the Omicron variant.  Plans are underway to institute a ‘Yellow Card’ style covid vaccine document for international transport […]


December 13, 2021

Major transport organisations warn governments’ knee-jerk reaction to Omicron variant puts supply chain at greater risk

World leaders’ knee-jerk reactions to the Omicron variant are putting transport workers and the global supply chain at greater risk of collapse, warn international transport organisations and unions representing road, air and sea transport. Cross-border transport workers including seafarers, air crew and drivers must be able to continue to do their jobs, and cross borders […]


December 3, 2021

Seafarers, air transport workers must be prioritised for vaccine

Today the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) reiterates our strong request for seafarers and aviation workers to be prioritised by governments in their Covid-19 vaccination programmes. The ITF welcomes the joint statement from UN bodies last week supporting this position. Covid-19 and its impacts have been felt by none more acutely than transport workers and […]


March 29, 2021

New labour laws a historic breakthrough for migrant workers in Qatar

New laws announced and adopted by the Government of Qatar represent a historic leap in the protection of migrant workers’ rights in the Gulf State. These new laws together with the removal of the exit permit system earlier this year effectively eliminates the kafala system of modern slavery. The latest labour reforms which include the […]


September 4, 2020

ILO, IMO and ICAO urge governments to act on crew change, ‘key worker’ status

The leaders of the world’s highest maritime, aviation and labour authorities have issued a joint statement calling on governments to facilitate maritime crew changes and designate the millions of workers in critical transport industries through the present pandemic as ‘key workers’. Fang Liu (International Civil Aviation Organization), Kitack Lim (International Maritime Organization) and Guy Ryder […]


May 28, 2020

Women transport workers’ rights and COVID-19

Transport workers together for a gender equal new normal The transport industry is highly gendered, and whilst all transport workers are being severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be specific and additional impacts for women transport workers. As the International Labour Organization (ILO) has recognised, the challenges arising out of this crisis have […]


May 20, 2020