New victory for Ryanair workers as labour authority rules on Eindhoven base closure

The Dutch labour authority (UWV) has ruled that Ryanair cannot fire the workers affected by the closure of its base at Eindhoven Airport, marking a significant setback for the airline’s industrial relations model. In October Ryanair announced it planned to close its bases at Eindhoven and Bremen and downsize operations at Weeze, citing the impact […]


March 22, 2019

Another great success for Ryanair cabin crew fighting for their rights!

On 15 November, the German federal government kept its promise regarding closing a loophole in the country’s labour legislation which has traditionally benefited airlines at the expense of workers. Under the German industrial relations system workers in companies above a certain size are able to form a ‘works council’, giving them a voice in how […]


November 16, 2018

Loophole in German labour legislation to be closed

Last week, the German federal government announced that it would be closing a loophole in the country’s labour legislation which has traditionally benefited airlines at the expense of workers.


October 24, 2018

ITF union alliance responds to Lufthansa Technik cost cutting

Trade unions representing workers at Lufthansa Technik (LHT) have called for ‘true social dialogue’ to find solutions to their fears that the company’s comprehensive restructuring process threatens the future of thousands of workers and their families. The ITF Lufthansa Technik trade union alliance issued a strongly-worded statement (see full text below) on 18 August in […]


August 18, 2017

Berlin airports strike extended (news.com.au)

A strike by ground crew workers at Berlin’s two commercial airports has been extended until early Wednesday, the Verdi union says. The initial strike over pay by around 2,000 workers had been called until early Tuesday. The walkout began on Monday morning (local time) and affects both of the German capital’s airports – Schoenefeld in […]


March 15, 2017

ITF and ETF press Lufthansa Technik over negotiations

The letter was sent on behalf of the LHT union network on 18 November and appeals to LHT chair and chief executive Carsten Spohr to intervene and ensure that the company resumes negotiations for a full and fair settlement of issues concerning workers in the wide body aircraft maintenance department. ITF civil aviation section secretary […]


November 23, 2016

Dozens of flights cancelled as Eurowings crews strike (thelocal.de)

A cabin crew strike on Lufthansa’s budget airline Eurowings which started at 5am on Tuesday morning is set to cause some headaches for travellers at Düsseldorf and Hamburg airports. Travellers at both Hamburg and Düsseldorf airports can expect cancellations and flight delays due to the strike called by union Verdi, set to last until 8pm […]


November 22, 2016

Airline unions condemn ‘appalling harassment’ of airport worker in Clarkson row

Global union the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) and German union ver.di have condemned the victimisation of a Stuttgart Airport worker caught up in a row created by TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson. The check in agent, Manuel Pereira, is a member of ver.di, whose air transport national officer, Katharina Wesenick, explained: “Since Jeremy Clarkson made […]


November 18, 2016