Joint letter slams Bluebird Nordic’s bogus self-employment ploy

The ITF, ETF, IFALPA, ECA, NTA & FIA have sent a joint letter to Bluebird Nordic to condemn their actions against their contracted employees. Our Icelandic affiliate Icelandic Airline Pilots Association (FIA) has informed us about Bluebird Nordic planned restructuring of the airline. We regret seeing Bluebird Nordic management’s actions, laying off all their pilots […]

January 14, 2021

Ryanair chief executive wins prize for world’s worst boss

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has been voted the world’s worst boss at the Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The prize, whose shortlist also included Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Uber’s Dara Khosrowshahi, was open to a worldwide public vote in the lead-up to the ITUC Congress. The contenders are all top business […]

December 6, 2018

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 sign petition for sacked union aviation workers

The ITF is urging its civil aviation affiliates to sign a petition to win justice for 55 workers sacked by Bird World Wide Flight Services (BWFS) in New Delhi for forming a trade union or trade union activity. BWFS Karamchari Union (BWFSKU) was formed in August 2013 by employees of BWFS – one of the largest […]

October 22, 2015

Stop union busting at Bird World Wide Flight Services Pvt. Ltd

In August 2013 after forming the BWFS Kamarachi Union, ramp and grounds services company Bird World Wide Flight Services Pvt. Ltd terminated the employment of it’s, General Secretary, Omkar Singh and another 10 workers. Most of the unionised workers belong to the poorest section of the society and were/are engaged as loaders and utility workers […]

October 15, 2015

ILO finds Qatar guilty

Geneva-based United Nations agency the ILO (International Labour Organization) today found Qatar guilty of allowing its state-owned airline, Qatar Airways, to violate international and national agreements and institutionalise discrimination. The case was successfully brought against Qatar by the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and the ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) (see In a dramatic […]

June 16, 2015

International mission’s ‘reinstate Jimena’ call backed by Ecuador government

An international delegation of trade unionists visiting Ecuador to protest the unjust sacking of cabin crew member Jimena Lopez has won assurances of government backing for their call for justice. Jimena Lopez is the general secretary and founder of the SITA (Sindicato de Trabajadores de Aerolane) union. She was sacked by LAN Ecuador – part of […]

March 11, 2015

This International Women’s Day, join the fight for Jimena Lopez

For more than 100 years, we in the trade union movement have celebrated March 8th as International Working Women’s Day. This year, let’s turn that celebration into a global act of solidarity. Trade union leader Jimena Lopez was sacked from her cabin crew job after a successful organising drive at her workplace. This week, let’s […]

March 4, 2015