The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is celebrating the first victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways (QR) after the airline admitted that it has removed its contractual pregnancy and marriage prohibitions. These demanded that anyone becoming pregnant had to notify management, at which point she would be likely to lose her job, and forbade marriage for five years (even after that time permission had to be sought to marry). Прочети още
After the recent court rulings and the decision of the Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination, the cabin crew union Sindicatul Aerolimit Professional (SAP) scored another important victory in their fight for workers’ rights: on 16 July 2015, the court has ordered the reinstatement of the cabin crew members dismissed by Wizz Air in the aftermath of setting up a trade union.
The court has considered the termination of employment contracts of all dismissed workers in this case to be unlawful and ordered Wizz Air to reinstate them into their former positions. Furthermore, the company is obliged to repay the workers their salaries from the date of dismissal until the reinstatement. Each plaintiff is also entitled to a compensation of approx. 1,130 EUR. Прочети още
LO notes that Ryanair is closing its last base in Denmark on 17 July 2015. This means that Ryanair no longer has crew in Denmark working on the very poor working conditions that we have been witnessing. “There will therefore be no secondary action in Danish airports on 18 July. The Danish labour market works and the labour movement has experienced massive support for its defence of decent working conditions”, says Lizette Risgaard.
The trade union movement is satisfied that the Labour Court has – also with this case – shown its support for the workers’ right to defend themselves against a company like Ryanair which grossly underpays its employees and blatantly disregards our rules, says LO’s Vice-President, Lizette Risgaard. Прочети още
The ITF affiliated OGB-L have signed a ground breaking sectoral agreement for ground handling workers, which provides a compulsory re-hiring of workers in case a service provider would lose the market or part of it.
On 16 July 2015 the OGB-L have signed the first ever collective agreement applicable for the whole ground handling sector in Luxembourg. It has been co-signed by Groupement des Services Aéroportuaires du Findel, which is the employers’ organisation affiliated to FEDIL (Fédération des Industriels du Luxembourg). The agreement applies to all present and future companies in the groundhandling sector in airports. The agreement also secures other important gains for ground handlers. The contract has duration of 2 years (retroactively since 1 January 2015) and applies to employees holding the following handling activities: Прочети още
The Joint Negotiating Committee of AFA-CWA flight attendants has called for a National Day of Action on Thursday, July 16, to highlight the difficulties that they are facing bargaining a contract with United Airlines.
“The bottom line problem is the company’s unwillingness to put the required economic resources into a Flight Attendant Contract,” AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson said. “That is unacceptable and we are going to stand up to make it clear to the company that we expect much more, especially now as United’s profits are soaring.” Прочети още
Ryanair has pulled its base from Copenhagen after a decision by the Danish Labour Court that ruled that Copenhagen airport staff had the right to refuse to service its flights in a dispute over workers’ rights.
The Irish budget airline’s policy of employing people in countries such as Denmark under the less generous terms of Ireland, rather than local rules, has incurred the anger of Danish labour unions. Прочети още
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). In a dramatic judgment – which can be seen here – the ILO has found that: 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