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ETF Statement on Social Dialogue in Civil Aviation

The European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), organising more than 250,000 civil aviation workers across Europe, follows with great concern the latest developments among the airline employers' associations at European level. In particular, the ETF is concerned about the future of the sectoral social dialogue in this sector of the industry. (more…)

ETF Statement on the aerodrome Flight Information Services

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the biggest representative of workers in the European aviation and in the air traffic management, has been participating in the rulemaking process on air traffic services within the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the past two years. We are now proud to announce that a proper recognition of Aerodrome Flight Information Services (AFIS), as well as the workers involved – Flight Information Service Officers (FISOs) – within the framework of air traffic services is underway.



Executive Vice President Europe for Ifatca

The ETF - ATM Committee would like to extend it's congratulations on the election of Tom Laursen in the role of Executive Vice President Europe for IFATCA. At their recent annual conference in Las Vegas, Tom was elected unopposed.
The ATM committee will offer an invitation to welcome Tom to our plenary meeting in November and we very much look forward to our two organisations working collaboratively in the future on topics of mutual concern, as we have seen with the topic of just culture. We wish Tom all the best in his new role.

Civil Aviation, Remote Towers Conference

ETF representatives will participate in the Civil Aviation, Remote Towers Conference organized in London on 4th and 5th February 2016 by the International Transport Workers Federation.

This conference comes at a time when a number of ANSPs are looking at establishing Remotely Operated Towers.
It is not an entirely new concept.There have been a number of attempts over the years to use CCTV to enable air traffic services to be provided off the airport.
However,usually they were restricted to quiet periods. What is new is that some ANSPs are now looking at providing a complete airport service from another location and not in a traditional airport tower. (more…)

ETF response to the Commission’s Aviation Strategy for Europe

The European Transport Workers ‘Federation (ETF), representing more than 250.000 aviation workers from 82 national unions in 41 European countries, is committed to ensure fair working conditions and social rights in all aviation sub-sectors (airlines, air traffic management and airport services) and achieve social progress for all aviation workers.

Aviation is a strong driver of economic growth and jobs in the European Union, although, this sector is losing its power as an engine able to generate direct employment in numbers and in quality. In recent years, jobs offered are often outsourced, poorly paid and the precariousness of work in aviation has increased.

The overall message of the Commission's "Aviation Strategy for Europe" is in line with a hyper-liberal and excessive market-driven attitude. The ETF does not approve this approach, as only business and market forces will decide the fate of the European aviation industry. (more…)

Aviation Strategy For Europe


On Monday 7 December 2015, the European Commission (EC) presented its long-awaited Aviation strategy for Europe.
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the largest European workers’ representative in civil aviation, agrees on the urgency for a comprehensive strategy integrating social aspects, safety and security, as well as measures to restore fair competition. However, the ETF is dissatisfied by the lack of binding legislative proposals and actions in the social field in the Commission strategy. (more…)

International Fiso Seminar

On September 2-3 an ETF delegation took part in the FISO seminar organised by the ATS training organisation Entry Point North in Malmö (Sweden).

60 FIS colleagues attended from around 15 countries. This two-days seminar was opened with a first introduction where every participant was invited to present the state of play of FIS and AFIS in his country, highlighting all the differences but also the common problems in their jobs. (more…)

Europe must stop social dumping and flags of convenience in civil aviation

Around 120 delegates have gathered on the 1st and the 2nd of July 2014 in Catania, Italy, to attend a two-day conference on the evolution of the aviation labour market since the introduction of low fares airlines. Scientific research has revealed that the arrival of low fares airlines has introduced social dumping practices in the European aviation sector. The conference organised by the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) demands that the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council stop these unfair practices and address the concerns of the workforce through the adoption of new specific legislation. (more…)

Letter to the Latvian President on anti-union behavior

Mr. Andris Berzins
President of the Republic of Latvia

We are writing to you as General Secretaries of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), which represent respectively more than 700,000 civil aviation employee members in 256 trade unions from 120 countries around the world, and more than 250,000 civil aviation employee members in 34 trade unions in 82 European countries.

We have been informed by our affiliate, the Latvian Federation of Aviation Trade Unions (LAAF), that the Supreme Court delivered a verdict on 28 February 2014, against Mrs. Ausra Straume, deputy of LAAF and Chairwoman of the board of the Latvian Air Traffic Controllers’ Trade Union (LGSVDA). We would hereby like to voice our grave concern over the Court’s ruling, and its anti-union bias. (more…)

ETF Position on the Transport White Paper

On the following pages the ETF discusses the views and proposals contained in the White Paper, in particular those which are cause for major concern. This is followed by the contributions from the different sectors which may further expand their views in their own contributions separately. (more…)