Ground staff are at the centre of global changes

The Civil Aviation Section held important meetings under the auspices of the Ground Staff Committee on 8-9 November 2016: Lufthansa Technik Union Network Meeting, MRO Working Group Meeting and Swissport Working Group Meeting. Establishing union networks and creating ad hoc working groups is vital at a time when working environments are changing dramatically for thousands […]

November 18, 2016

Lufthansa Technik network established

Trade unions representing workers in Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have established a new global network to build workers’ power in the multinational. Ten leaders from ITF unions met in Berlin, 12 August, to exchange information about their activities in LHT. Around half the workers at LHT are part of ITF unions. LHT is the largest aircraft […]

August 17, 2016

LATAM specialist technicians: 80% have witnessed increasing numbers of incidents

189 of the company’s specialist technicians report A survey answered by 189 maintenance technicians working for LATAM Airlines in Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Colombia has identified for the first time the potential impact on flight safety of changes in maintenance procedures, reductions in personnel, and the replacement of expert workers by less qualified staff. Trade […]

August 9, 2016

Lufthansa agrees pay deal with 30,000 ground staff (

German airline Lufthansa has agreed a pay deal with 30,000 ground staff as it looks to avoid further strikes. The agreement, struck with services sector union Verdi on Saturday, gives a one-off payment of €2,250 (£1,580) and a 2.2% pay rise. The deal covers Lufthansa airport staff as well as catering, IT, freight and maintenance […]

December 1, 2015

Lufthansa Technik wins more MRO business from GoAir (Flightglobal)

Indian budget carrier GoAir has expanded its engine overhaul agreement with Lufthansa Technik. The Mumbai-based airline has contracted the German maintenance specialist to conduct an additional 18 CFM International CFM56-5B overhauls, after last year signing a deal spanning 16 of the engines powering an Airbus A320 fleet, says Lufthansa Technik. It adds that the new […]

November 12, 2015

Machinists, US Airways reach tentative agreement on contracts for 11,000

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) today announced it reached tentative agreements with US Airways on contracts covering approximately 11,000 mechanic and related, fleet service, maintenance training specialist and stock clerk employees. The three-year accords provide for substantial wage hikes, significant job security improvements and maintain industry-best healthcare benefits, among many other […]

June 16, 2014

MAS union opposes plan to sell MRO division (

The powerful Malaysia Airlines Employees Union (Maseu) strongly opposes the idea of selling off MAS Engineering, the airline’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) division. Maseu executive secretary and founder Mohd Jabbarullah Abd Kadir said it is better for MAS to do a joint venture (JV) with an MRO company, such as Airod, instead of resorting […]

May 20, 2014

What’s the cost of ‘flying cheaper’?

Major American airlines are outsourcing their repair work – but what’s the quality and experience of the workforce and what implications does that have for passengers and crew on flights? Watch this film for a look inside the repair facility to see what the real cost is of ‘Flying Cheaper’ here>> The trailer of the […]

February 27, 2014