ILO decision heralds new era for workers rights in Qatar (

The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) decision to close the complaint against Qatar, following the government’s commitments to dismantle the kafala system , signals a new era for workers’ rights in the country. “Qatar has set a new standard for the Gulf States, and this must be followed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE where millions […]

November 9, 2017

UNI backs ITF defence of Avianca workers’ rights

UNI Global Union has backed the ITF and its unions in their defence of Avianca workers in Colombia. At its world executive board meeting on 10-11 October, UNI expressed concern over Avianca’s violation of the right to freedom of association, collective bargaining and the right to strike, and its failure to comply with labour legislation, […]

October 25, 2017

ITF calls on Thai government to act on ruling against it

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has upheld allegations of the illegal victimisation of trade union leaders by Thai Airways. The complaint was taken to the United Nations body by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and its Thai unions, and the ITF is now calling on the government to obey the ILO’s recommendation that it […]

March 24, 2017

ITF urges unions to step up fight for ILO convention on workplace violence

The ITF is urging all its unions to participate in two major initiatives to promote gender equality and eliminate violence against women in the workplace, which the federation launched on International Women’s Day (8 March). Unions are being asked to participate in the ITF’s equality testing in transport research, and to help fight for the […]

March 10, 2017

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The ITF has united with its affiliate the Thai Airways International Union (TG Union) and the State Enterprise Workers Relations Confederation (SERC) to bring a complaint to the International Labour Organization (ILO) about the government of Thailand’s failure to protect workers’ rights. The complaint, to the ILO’s Committee on Freedom of Association, said the Thai […]

January 21, 2016

The ILO issues its follow-up views on the JAL dispute

On 11 November 2015, the Governing Body of the ILO issued its 376th Report of Committee on Freedom of Association. The report includes its 2nd follow-up (virtually, 3rd recommendation) on the Japan Airlines (JAL) dispute regarding the dismissals of 165 pilots and cabin crew members by JAL. The Committee elaborates the background of the dispute […]

December 14, 2015

First victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is celebrating the first victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways (QR) after the airline admitted that it has removed its contractual pregnancy and marriage prohibitions. These demanded that anyone becoming pregnant had to notify management, at which point she would be likely to lose her job, and forbade […]

August 28, 2015

Barcelona Football Club: ITUC Appeals to Voting Members and Fans to Reject Qatar Airways Deal (

The ITUC has called on FC Barcelona “socis” (voting members) and fans to end the club’s Qatar Airways sponsorship, saying that the airline is the very worst sponsor for a club with a 100-year tradition of democracy and universality. The appeal comes as an election contest for the club’s Presidency hinges on candidates’ opposition to […]

July 3, 2015