The Hypocrisy World Cup? FIFA sponsors must tell Qatar to play fair on workers’ human rights

62 workers may lose their lives for each game played during Qatar’s 2022 World Cup, a tournament likely to be sponsored by FIFA partner companies Coke, VISA, McDonald’s, Adidas, Kia and Hyundai. Without sponsorship, this multi-billion dollar tournament couldn’t take place. Most sponsors commit themselves to respecting the UN Declaration of Human Rights – which […]

May 26, 2015

Avianca ground staff return to work after bitter dispute

A bitter dispute between ground staff and Colombia’s national carrier Avianca finally ended on 9 January, when 130 workers who had been barred from their workplace returned to work Avianca uses co-operatives to outsource loading, unloading and aircraft and counter cleaning, although the 2,400 workers are employed by Avianca in all but name, which contravenes […]

February 27, 2015

Barca FC’s Qatar Airways rethink ‘another nail in coffin’ of airline’s reputation

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) today congratulated Barcelona football club for considering dropping its lucrative sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, over what club president Josep Maria Bartomeu described as “social issues”. The ITF has publicly and repeatedly challenged the airline’s dictatorial treatment of its workers, and is part of the union Rerun the Vote […]

January 29, 2015

ITF disturbed over continued human rights abuses in Swaziland

The International Transport Workers’ Federation is disturbed to hear that less than 48 hours after charges were dropped against two human rights’ defenders in Swaziland, fresh warrants have been issued for their arrests. Following a high court order, Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) lawyer Thulani Maseko and The Nation Magazine editor Bheki Makhubu were […]

April 9, 2014

Qatar Air CEO refutes staff claims in Swedish media (

The CEO of Qatar Airways has dismissed claims made in a Swedish newspaper that alleged unfair treatment of its employees. The article in the Expressen newspaper was based around the experiences of three unnamed former employees of the airline – two cabin crew members and one pilot. They told tales of punishments for breaking curfews, […]

February 7, 2014

The truth about the luxury of Qatar Airways (

Qatar Airways is regarded as one of the most luxurious airlines in the world, and has received numerous awards for their onboard service.Flight attendants Saga and Gina testify about the other side of the glamour. How employees are forced to sign contracts that prevent them from governing their own life choices. Swedish newspaper Expressen’s reporter […]

Protest demo in Germany before Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München match

On 23 November, a group of Borussia Dortmund supporters and trade unionists staged a protest ahead of the match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München in Dortmund. Dozens of protestors gathered in front of the Signal Iduna Park stadium and held placards reading “A real Scandal; Turkish Airlines: Anti-worker and hostile towards the union; […]

November 27, 2013

Turkish Airlines workers get loud support from IUF members in New York (

The iconic Empire State Building was the scene of a strong and vocal protest against Turkish Airlines rights abuses held in New York November 8. The action was in support of 305 Turkish Airlines workers dismissed in 2012 for exercising their right to strike. IUF affiliates from the New York Hotel Trades Council, union members […]

November 11, 2013