Airlines Workers Issues
By Bryan Dyne, 29 October 2019
The year since the crash in Indonesia has exposed the collusion between Boeing, the federal government and the trade unions that led to the deaths of 346 men, women and children.
By our reporters, 5 October 2019
WSWS reporters spoke to the company’s former employees attending the fair.
By Richard Tyler, 28 September 2019
The international scale of the crisis, with devastating economic and social implications, has rapidly become clear.
By our reporter, 27 September 2019
From the beginning, BALPA worked to strangle the struggle of the pilots and prevent a unified offensive by pilots across the industry with other airline staff.
By Bryan Dyne, 24 September 2019
The article is an attempt to whitewash the profit-driven negligence of Boeing and complicity of the industry-dominated Federal Aviation Administration that led to two crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and the deaths of 346 people.
By Will Morrow, 12 September 2019
The strike demonstrated the immense objective power of the working class. It cancelled 1,700 flights over two days, affecting 300,000 passengers.
By Terry Cook, 11 September 2019
The immediate consequence of the restructure is the destruction of 750 jobs, or around 7 percent of the carrier’s workforce, to achieve savings of $75 million a year.
By Richard Tyler, 10 September 2019
British Airways’ main base at Heathrow, Terminal 5, was described as a “ghost town,” as 4,000 BA pilots began a two-day strike on Monday.
By our reporter, 22 August 2019
Ryanair organises its operations on a pan-European basis and faces a situation in which workers in four of its subsidiaries are in dispute.
By Margot Miller, 10 August 2019
Airline staff in many different countries, who are determined to fight to defend their wages, jobs and conditions, face sabotage by trade unions working to isolate and suppress their struggles.
By Marianne Arens, 3 August 2019
With the full support of the unions, Italy’s government and major investors are preparing to implement sweeping attacks on Alitalia’s workforce in the name of retaining the company as a “national airline.”
By Robert Stevens, 3 August 2019
The unions across Europe are working in concert to head off any united offensive by airline workers.
By Bryan Dyne, 13 July 2019
A leaked document from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency lists five different reasons to keep the 737 Max 8 aircraft grounded.
Strike by Taiwanese flight attendants points to growing workers’ discontent in global airline industry
By Ben McGrath, 26 June 2019
Airline companies around the world are seeking to extract ever-greater profits by slashing wages and increasing working hours.
After two crashes that killed 346 people
By Bryan Dyne, 4 June 2019
The aerospace giant is brazenly putting profits before people even as its CEO admits that the company did not correctly implement the installation of MCAS anti-stall software.
By Bryan Dyne, 14 May 2019
No Boeing executives have been arrested or even charged in connection with two crashes that killed 346 people.
By Bryan Dyne, 8 May 2019
Aviation journalist Rytis Beresnevičius: “The press release is just Boeing shifting the blame somewhere else. They are defending their greed.”
By Jordan Shilton, 29 April 2019
While pilots, cabin crew, and ground staff have suffered wage cuts since 2012, SAS chief executive Rickard Gustafson’s total compensation has shot up by 38 percent over the past three years.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 23 April 2019
The crisis facing Jet Airways, and which has caused it to ground all its aircraft, is part of a global crisis of the aviation industry.
“Why did Boeing make it like that? Pure negligence and greed. There is simply no other answer.”
By Bryan Dyne, 20 April 2019
Rytis Beresnevičius has closely followed the two recent Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes and the engineering, executive and regulatory decisions that led to these disasters.
By Barry Grey, 6 April 2019
Muilenberg’s praise for the gutting of government oversight points to the subordination of safety concerns to profit and the transformation of regulatory agencies into rubber stamps for the corporations.
By Kevin Reed, 5 April 2019
The preliminary report by the Ethiopian Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau shows that a faulty angle-of-attack sensor was behind the crash on March 10 that killed 157 passengers and crew.
By Bryan Dyne, 4 April 2019
Not a single Boeing executive has been charged, much less arrested, for entirely avoidable tragedies that killed a total of 346 people.
No training for pilots on new automated system
By Trévon Austin, 18 March 2019
Southwest pilots union official: “They were building the airplane and still designing it.”
By Dan Conway, 15 March 2019
The planes were finally grounded in the US on Wednesday after the FAA repeatedly assured the public that they were safe to fly.
Profits over people
By Barry Grey, 13 March 2019
There are immense financial interests bound up with the profitability and stock price of Boeing that far outweigh the danger of more destruction of human life and suffering for victims’ friends and family.
By Tom Hall, 4 March 2019
Southwest mechanics have been working for six years without a raise under a management regime that disregards safety.
Flight attendant paralyzed after Delta ordered flight through tropical storm
By Tom Hall, 14 February 2019
Jane’s condition has been made significantly worse by lengthy delays in treatment caused by Delta’s workers’ compensation administrator, Sedgwick.
Delta planted GPS tracker in car of disabled flight attendant
By Tom Hall, 13 February 2019
In order to “prove” their case against injured flight attendant Ashley, Delta hired private investigators to spy on her, a common practice in workers’ comp cases.
Injured flight attendants speak to the WSWS
By Tom Hall, 12 February 2019
Several seriously injured Delta Airlines flight attendants recently spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the hellish ordeal confronting workers who seek assistance through the company’s workers’ compensation system.
By John Harris, 8 February 2019
Tigerair is seeking to set a new benchmark in the assault on the wages and conditions of pilots, a highly-skilled cohort of professionals with immense responsibilities.
By Kranti Kumara, 28 September 2018
The Indian government is determined to sell off what is among the country’s most identifiable companies internationally, so as to underline its commitment to the fire sale of public assets.
By Robert Stevens, 8 August 2018
The class struggle is reaching a higher stage of development, posing strategic issues before every section of the international working class.
By Steve James, 2 August 2018
The role of the unions in the airline and other industries is to isolate any struggle, impose the demands of the companies and prevent a unified fight of the entire working class.
By Marianne Arens, 1 August 2018
Every Ryanair pilot who voted cast his or her ballot for strike action, but the Cockpit trade union is seeking to collaborate with management.
By Steve James, 24 July 2018
Ryanair pilots based in Ireland are to hold a third 24-hour strike today, while on Wednesday and Thursday, Ryanair cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain are also due to strike in a coordinated action.
By Kumaran Ira, 14 June 2018
The strike call comes amid rising anger in the workforce after workers voted to reject a concessions contract negotiation by the unions and Air France management.
By Alec Andersen, 21 April 2018
Southwest Airlines has pushed back against inspection directives even as mechanics have reportedly raised numerous safety concerns which have been dismissed by the airline.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2018
The chaos produced by a one-day snow storm has laid bare the disastrous state of social infrastructure in the capital of America’s financial oligarchy.
By Gustav Kemper, 27 November 2017
More than a thousand employees of the insolvent airline gathered Wednesday in front of Berlin Central Station for a demonstration against imminent mass redundancies.
By Dylan Lubao, 13 November 2017
After 11 weeks of union-imposed isolation, 700 Swissport workers reluctantly ratified a sell-out contract.
By Ross Mitchell, 22 July 2017
Unite is seeking to divert the struggle of cabin crew into the dead end of legal appeals against BA’s actions and are insisting strikers put their faith in appeals to Members of Parliament.
By Isaac Finn, 13 July 2017
Following a walkout on July 11 of roughly 700 workers at Newark Liberty International Airport, SEIU 32BJ ended a threatened three-day strike against PrimeFlight Inc., after the company agreed to negotiate.
By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2017
The plan combines elements proposed by Republican and Democratic administrations over three decades, going back to the attack on the air traffic controllers union in 1981.
By Jerry White, 12 May 2017
In one of the latest widely publicized incidents, passengers erupted in rage at a Spirit Airlines ticket counter in Florida after flight cancellations and delays.
By Gustav Kemper and Marianne Arens, 17 March 2017
The union stopped a strike by ground crew at the Berlin airports, despite the employer’s refusal to submit a new offer.
By Ross Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 11 March 2017
Unite has done nothing to mobilise the support of other cabin crew in defence of the Heathrow crew, either at that airport or at any other in the UK.
By Dietmar Henning, 18 February 2017
Lufthansa and the pilots union have accepted an arbitration ruling on compensation for 5,400 pilots, and the airline linked the agreement with a new declaration of war on workers.
By Ross Mitchell, 24 January 2017
The WSWS spoke to striking British Airways cabin crew at their picket at Hatton Cross Metro station last week during a 72-hour strike.
By Marianne Arens, 2 December 2016
Hundreds of striking Lufthansa pilots gathered at Rhein-Main Airport in Frankfurt on day seven of the latest pilots’ strike.
By Dietmar Henning, 28 November 2016
The offer made by the Lufthansa board on Friday evening is aimed at breaking the resistance of the pilots’ union and pushing through fundamental changes in working conditions.
By Dietmar Henning, 2 November 2016
The Independent Flight Attendants Organisation has cancelled strikes planned for this week at Eurowings, declaring it is “speechless” at the company's tough stance.
By Ulrich Rippert, 14 October 2016
The workers at TUIfly are putting up fierce opposition to a restructuring plan accompanied by extensive job and wage cuts.
By Marianne Arens, 16 August 2016
The breaking off of talks between the pilots’ union and management heralds a new phase in the dispute.
By Marianne Arens, 2 August 2016
The federal Labour Court in Erfurt ordered the aircraft controllers union GdF to pay airport operator Fraport millions in damages following the 2012 strike.
By Marianne Arens, 26 July 2016
A growing number of pilots in Europe are compelled to accept short-term contracts, sham self-employment and insecure employment relations.
By Marianne Arens, 6 July 2016
By agreeing to the arbitration award, the union is stabbing cabin staff and pilots in the back in their struggle to defend jobs, wages and pensions.
By Shannon Jones, 25 June 2016
With the airline recording massive profits, pilots are seeking to recoup concessions including average pay cuts of over 40 percent.
By Anthony Torres, 14 May 2016
The cuts at the airline are the product of the betrayal of the 2014 pilots strike by the National Union of Airline Pilots.
By Robert Stevens, 14 April 2016
The working class throughout Belgium and Europe must come to the defense of the striking air traffic controllers, who have taken a courageous stand against attacks on retirement.
By Terry Cook, 5 March 2016
Deep cuts have been imposed on the airline’s workers through a combination of intimidation and the collaboration of the trade unions.
By Sampath Perera, 20 February 2016
Nawaz Sharif’s government has seized on the unions’ betrayal of the PIA anti-privatization strike to victimize hundreds of the most militant workers.
By Shannon Jones, 18 February 2016
By a 93 percent margin workers rejected a contract proposal that would have created a two-tier system with drastically lower pay and benefits for new hires.
By Jerry White, 4 January 2016
Class conflict will become an ever-more dominant feature of life in 2016 as the ruling classes in the US and around the world demand that workers pay for the global economic crisis.
By Dietmar Henning, 6 November 2015
The flight attendant union UFO announced a strike starting on Friday.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 September 2015
The decision of the labor court in the German state of Hessian to forbid Lufthansa pilots from striking is an attack on the right to strike directed against all workers.
By Gustav Kemper, 17 August 2015
Public prosecutors are investigating construction company Imtech on suspicion of embezzlement, bribery, price-fixing and false accounting.
By Dietmar Henning, 31 July 2015
The cockpit union has sold out the pilots, giving the company even more than it was demanding, including raising the retirement age and cutting costs.
By Alan Whyte, 24 July 2015
A planned strike of 1,200 poorly paid New York City airport workers was called off after a deal was reached with the SEIU to achieve “labor peace.”
By Mariane Arens, 8 April 2015
While the airlines continue to attack employees’ wages and working conditions, the unions pursue a purely nationalist strategy directed against their own members.
By Angelo Bosworth and Hector Cordon, 11 December 2014
Ken Otto died Sunday due to injuries suffered while working on a Boeing jet in November
By Dietmar Henning, 4 December 2014
Pilots and other workers are fighting company plans to expand operations of its low-cost subsidiaries and slash jobs and wages.
By Shannon Jones, 14 November 2014
Initial reports indicate pilots are overwhelmingly opposed to the proposal, which removes profit-sharing.
By Shannon Jones, 11 November 2014
The rejection of the union-recommended deal comes after more than a decade in which airline workers have suffered one round of wage, benefit and pension cuts after another.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 October 2014
While the immediate issue in the pilots’ dispute is cuts in early retirement provision, the background is the major changes in the air industry that affect not only pilots but all airline workers in Europe and across the globe.
By Helmut Arens, 2 October 2014
The Lufthansa pilots’ strike was directed against the attempt by the corporation to carry through attacks on retirement benefits for 5,400 pilots.
By Alex Lantier and Stéphane Hugues, 29 September 2014
The unions and the Socialist Party government are desperately pushing pilots to accept a deal that would pave the way to deep cuts in wages and conditions.
By Dietmar Henning, 26 September 2014
At talks Monday there was no indication of a deal as Lufthansa refuses to budge from its original plans to cut pilots’ retirement provisions.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 26 September 2014
The government’s decision, faced with the pilots’ strike, to force Air France to abandon plans for a new low-cost subsidiary signals a major political crisis in France.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 20 September 2014
Seventy-five percent of Air France pilots have been on strike since Monday.
By Dietmar Henning, 8 September 2014
The German Trade Union Federation (DGB) and the government have announced measures to prevent strikes by pilots, train drivers and many other workers.
By Marianne Arens, 1 September 2014
The goal of German airline and rail unions, including smaller unions like Cockpit, is to maximise the profits of Lufthansa and German Railways at the expense of the workforce.
By Tom Peters, 22 March 2014
Strategic rivalries and state secrecy continue to mar the search for MH370.
By Will Morrow, 15 March 2014
The Australian Council of Trade Unions immediately hailed the ASU agreement as a template for implementing all 5,000 Qantas job cuts.
By Peter Symonds, 15 March 2014
Search operations are now focussed on areas of the Indian Ocean, hundreds of kilometres to the west of MH370’s last known position.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 March 2014
The only way that Qantas workers can defend their jobs and conditions is through a unified struggle with airline workers internationally against the global airline conglomerates.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 March 2014
The unions have no problem with making workers bear the cost of the Qantas crisis, but want to maintain their privileged position within the airline industry.
By James Cogan, 27 February 2014
The job destruction flows directly from the cut-throat competition for market share and profits among rival transnational airline alliances since the 2008 global financial crisis.
By Patrick O’Connor, 10 January 2014
Moody’s announcement comes as even more job cuts at the airline are threatened.
By Shannon Jones, 4 January 2014
The International Association of Machinists (IAM) forced a new vote on essentially the same deal workers rejected by a two-to-one margin in November.
Form a rank-and-file committee to defeat concessions
By the Socialist Equality Party, 3 January 2014
The following SEP statement is being destributed to Boeing workers in the states of Washington and Oregon who are voting today on a contract extension.
By Hector Cordon, 5 December 2013
In the wake of Boeing’s failed attempt to wrest deep concessions from its workers, the unions are ramping up a campaign to convince the manufacturer to keep production of its new airplane in Washington State.
By Shannon Jones, 15 November 2013
Boeing workers in the Pacific Northwest voted 67 to 33 percent against a concession-laden 8-year contract extension.
By Pierre Mabut, 8 October 2013
On September 18, Air France-KLM announced the elimination of a 2,800 jobs as part of its “Transform 2015” restructuring plan.
By Gabriel Black and James Brewer, 11 July 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board has begun releasing details of its investigation into the crash landing of a South Korean airliner at San Francisco International Airport.
By Gabriel Black, 8 July 2013
On Saturday, Asiana Airlines flight 214 crash landed at San Francisco International Airport.
By Ernst Wolff, 24 April 2013
A strike by Lufthansa ground crew on Monday led to the cancellation of flights at airports across Germany.
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 November 2012
With the support of the federal Labor government, and the collaboration of the trade unions, Qantas is imposing layoffs on a near-monthly basis.
By Ernst Wolff, 30 October 2012
Lufthansa management has announced details of its plan to outsource and cut jobs.
By Hector Cordon, 24 October 2012
A federal injunction has blocked a strike by workers who fuel 75 percent of the planes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.