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 hosted by the ITF to stimulate discussion and provide a fuller picture of the current situation and future trends. Leaders from ITF- and ETF- affiliated unions addressed the conference, while the ITF’s general secretary Stephen Cotton and maritime co-ordinator Jackie Smith explained the challenges experienced by ITF maritime unions with FOCs. Прочети още
Today 1 July 2015, the Danish Labour Court ruled that Ryanair has to engage in collective bargaining with trade unions within five days and that the Flight Personnel Union (FPU), affiliated to the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), can legally enter into an industrial conflict with Ryanair. This means that a primary industrial action can come into force on Monday at midnight and a variety of secondary actions in the airport can be initiated, such as no refueling of airplanes, no baggage loading etc. Прочети още
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 http://goo.gl/Ka5inH.)
In a dramatic judgment – which can be seen at http://goo.gl/gQnmZf – the ILO has found that:
Qatar Airways (QR) is guilty of systemic workplace sex discrimination, including in its past and current work contracts, which allow it to automatically terminate the employment of women cabin crew who become pregnant, as well as in its prohibition on women being dropped off/picked up at/from company premises by a man other than their father, brother or husband.
The Qatari government has breached its international obligations by turning a blind eye to these offences. By allowing QR to behave in this way Qatar has violated ILO Convention 111 on Discrimination (Employment and Occupation), which Qatar signed in 1976; Прочети още
From 21 to 24 April 2015 was held the first of four training sessions on the new Flight Time Limitations framework that will come into effect in February 2016. Colleagues from Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, France, Iceland, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and Switzerland gathered in Warsaw to get acquainted with the new regulation.
Unions from LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines from seven countries expand support for striking LAN Airlines workers
Union leaders representing mechanics, pilots, flight attendants, and ground staff of LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines from seven countries: Chile, Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Paraguay are providing support to the striking workers of LAN in Chile.
The union leaders are announcing the escalation and expansion of the conflict throughout the region. Прочети още
On April 12, 1961 at 9:07 a.m. Moscow time, ‘Vostok’ carrier rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying Yuri Gagarin onboard. The spaceship ‘Vostok’ made a low-orbit turn around the Earth. The flight lasted for 1 hour 48 minutes but will always remain in history as the first cosmic flight of man. In 1968, the congress of the International Aviation sport Federation resolved to celebrate the day of 12 April as the World Aviation and Aeronautics Day.
FTTUB team would like to congratulate on their holiday all the men and women who work in the aviation industry:
- 98.19% of Lan Express workers voted to strike, rejecting the almost zero wage increase offered by the largest airline in Latin America.
- All areas related to maintenance, ramp and passenger assistance are likely to be affected and cause delays and flight cancellations across the country and international connections.
- Latam Airlines has ongoing labour disputes which affect its operations and also its flights in Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.
In Chile workers voted to strike with record participation and a strong 98.19% vote as a sign of their indignation at what they described as a “shameful” offer by LATAM Airlines. The company’s proposal ignores the status of the workers and takes no responsibility for improving working conditions, instead preferring to keep a significant segment of the workforce below the poverty line. Прочети още
On April 7, 2015 a team of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) visited the headquarters of Plovdiv Airport to formally present to the management of the company the newly created “Trade union of the security personnel” (TUSP).
The meeting, which lasted nearly two hours, was attended by Ekaterina Yordanova, President of FTTUB, Vladimir Shtarbanov, CEO of Plovdiv Airport, the leadership of the newly established trade union organization, headed by its chairman Nikolai Bozev and expert team of FTTUB. Прочети още
Michael O’Leary closes maintenance hub after authorities rule staff must be employed on French, not Irish, contracts.
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, the unflinching king of cost-cutting, may finally have met his match in the strictness of French employment law. The Irish low-cost airline will close its only French base in Marseille this week in the latest round of a bitter war with French authorities.
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) today welcomed the decision of Romania’s Ilfov court to order the reinstatement of an unfairly dismissed trade union leader. The court decided on 19 March 2015 that the dismissal of the president of Sindicatul Aerolimit (the cabin crew union at Wizz Air’s base in Bucharest) was illegal and the company has to reinstate him. In addition, Wizz Air is liable to pay compensation equal to his salary. Прочети още