Regarding this tragic accident, allegations were made, and criminal charges rose against the Bulgarian aviation professional Capt. Ianko Stoimenov. The ITF and the ETF are rightfully criticising the over-zealous prosecution of aviation professionals in Greece and Cyprus.
Unfortunately, this act of criminalisation is based on an abuse of the investigation and is being used to cover up the structural defects –particularly problems with regards to safety- of liberalised and deregulated markets. The prosecution of Capt. Ianko Stoimenov will not only victimise an innocent aviation professional but will also be detrimental to the aviation industry’s safety culture. Read more...
The union has twice called off strike action as a show of goodwill following agreements reached between management, the government, and the union and workers. The latest development is that the union took the decision to hold an open and comprehensive strike commencing at eight o'clock on the evening of Saturday, 17/3/2012 until the achievement of all legitimate demands for workers of Kuwaiti Airlines and its subsidiaries are met.
Some 80 workers – among them 55 cabin crew staff – were dismissed on 25 January by Aerolane, an airline operated by LAN Ecuador; 49 are members of fledgling union Sindicato de Trabajadores de Aerolane (SITA), while two are on the union's executive committee.
LAN Ecuador had been due to implement agreements reached with SITA on salaries for aviation workers, cabin crew, maintenance and ground staff as well as ticketing workers at the beginning of January. Read more...
Our international federation the ITF is again calling on civil aviation affiliates to stand in solidarity beside the LOT Polish Airlines Cabin Personnel Trade Union. Union president, Elwira Niemiec has been dismissed once again as she, along with representatives of the pilot’s union, is involved in attempts to secure fair negotiations with management over a new collective bargaining agreement for workers.
The union believes that LOT is engaging in blatant anti-union actions in a bid to derail negotiations. The union and the ITF are calling for the immediate reinstatement of Elwira Niemiec and good faith negotiations between management and the unions in the hope of reaching an agreement which is acceptable to both parties.
Labour organisations are showing solidarity with Qantas workers in Australia by participating in an ITF international day of action on 16 November. Members of ITF-affiliated unions, including the Australian and International Pilots' Association, Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers' Association and Transport Workers Union, who are employed by the airline, have been demanding pay and job security guarantees. They also want to ensure that jobs are not undercut through outsourcing or offshoring; the company has announced that it wants to restructure the company and move jobs to Asia. Read more...
The ITF calls on its affiliates to act in solidarity for Gulf Air workers who have been dismissed from their jobs in Bahrain for no just reason and, we believe, in contravention of ILO regulations.
217 workers have spent the past 5 months unemployed. The failure of management to rescind the dismissals even after a call from the King of Bahrain to do so raises suspicions of victimisation based on sectarianism and the expression of free speech.
Please show your support for your colleagues in Bahrain by sending letters of protest to Gulf Air management here >>
Demonstrate your support for your brothers and sisters in the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions by sending messages of solidarity here >>
Visit the solidarity page on our website for more information on the dispute here >>