How we ruined airline jobs (slate.com)

By Jeff Friedrich Working in aviation has lost its glamor. It happened because the law gave carriers every advantage over their workforces—and because we demanded lower airfare. Nobody wants to be a pilot anymore. As the airlines tell it, a so-called pilot shortage has made it impossible to staff their fleets, forcing them to cancel […]


September 11, 2017

Campaign reveals TiSA threat to jobs and rights

A new campaign to be launched tomorrow by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) reveals the threat to jobs and workers’ rights posed by the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). The new project enlists the power of trade unions to fight back against the deal, which has been negotiated in virtual secrecy by the European […]


May 11, 2017

TiSA means trouble for transport workers

How unions can halt this secretive trade deal TiSA – the Trade in Services Agreement – is a vast international trade deal being negotiated, mostly in secret, by 22 nations as well as the European Union, with its 28 member countries. It is dedicated to securing free trade, even if it means prioritising the ambitions […]


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

Joint EI, PSI, EPSU, UNI, IUF & ITF press release: Time to stop the talks – TiSA negotiations must be brought to a halt

Newly released Wikileaks documents make it clear that the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is no more than a corporate power grab and that negotiations must be stopped. The documents can be seen at https://wikileaks.org/tisa The wide scope of the deregulatory agenda and attack on democratic governance has been exposed. The EU is attempting to […]


October 14, 2016

TiSA endangers coasts and foresees “lawless” seas and skies, say ITF and Greenpeace Netherlands

Today’s release at a press conference in Geneva by Greenpeace Netherlands of a revised secret text on maritime services from the proposed Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) – an international trade treaty being negotiated between 23 parties, including the European Union and the United States – has not dispelled fears that years of rules developed […]


September 20, 2016

Deregulation has hurt workers the most (nytimes.com)

By Sara Nelson Jobs lost, pay stagnant, slashed pensions and eroded work rules — these are the problems airline workers have shouldered in bearing the brunt of deregulation. Passengers have suffered loss of flight options and a deteriorating travel experience. While deregulation was promoted as a way to increase competition, the opposite has proven true. […]


May 26, 2016

Civil aviation unions plan fight against damaging impact of FOCs

Forty-one of the ITF’s civil aviation affiliates from 22 countries agreed on 26 July to develop a global union strategy with strong national and regional pillars to fight against the damaging impact of the growing use of flags of convenience (FOCs) in the aviation industry. The previous day, they had participated in an industry-wide conference […]


July 2, 2015