May 2013

Heathrow emergency landing: Engine doors 'left unlatched'

Air safety officials deny claim that BA jet was close to catastrophe


Aer Lingus Board Backs Pensions Payout


UK May Force Ryanair To Sell Aer Lingus Stake


TUC welcomes HMRC action against minimum wage cheats

The TUC commends HM Revenue and Customs for taking action against employers who flout minimum wage laws. But are £5,000 fines really enough to deter unethical bosses from exploiting vulnerable workers? Perhaps the directors of comapanies that fraudulently deny their employees the wages they are entitled to - should be jailed, as they could be if they had stolen from the taxman or their customers?

31st May 2013    


AIDS and HIV Civil Aviation Resource Pack now available in French, Spanish and Arabic


Heathrow to provide free wifi from Saturday


The future of London's airports?


'High cost' of new hub airport

The Independent Transport Commision warns of huge costs if the government decides to back a Thames Estuary airport design instead of Heathrow expansion. The ITC also warns that Heathrow would need to close if "Boris Island" gets the go ahead, risking 170,000 jobs in West London and a massive relocation of labour. The ITC believes that a forced closure of Heathrow is the only way that investors in an estuary airport would have confidence that airlines would relocate.

However, the situation is far from that simple and the ITC must consider that BA could transfer its hub operations to Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Frankfurt unless given the pick of a new airport's facilities. Which could mean that an estuary airport was left half empty even if Heathrow did close, or filled with Ryanair and Easyjet flights, which would seriously damage London's status and reduce the profitability of other UK aerodromes. 

Heathrow 'would need to close' under airport plans

White Waltham Airfield not part of Heathrow Airport plans


Osborne gets green light for another £11.5bn of cuts

The poor, the homeless, the sick, the disabled and the elderly look once again to be the targets of this cynical government's ideological drive to benefit the rich. We can also, no doubt expect to see public sector workers hit with demands for job cuts and improved productivity.


Heathrow to name noisiest airlines and increase fines for breaching limits

HACAN Welcomes Heathrow's Plans To Reduce Noise


Heathrow emergency landing: smoke billows from plane engine

3 people are injured in an evacuation from a BA Airbus 319 making an emergency landing at Heathrow.

Cabin crew praised in Heathrow Airbus drama 

Heathrow runways closed by emergency landing; delays and cancellations today

Footage from on board stricken Heathrow plane

24th May 2013


The latest edition of the TUC's Health and Safety newsletter


Mitie airport cleaners on strike today in Manchester

Manchester airport cleaners to strike again


Low turnout in Heathrow expansion vote

Hounslow, Richmond and Hillingdon residents against Heathrow expansion

A ballot of Heathrow residents sees less than half bother to vote. Of those who did vote, around 70% do not support expansion, though this is far less hostile than those who live near the site of Boris Johnson's preferred site for a new airport in the Thames Estuary, where 95% are opposed.

Importantly, 62% voted to say that they did not want a new airport (such as Boris Island) to be built if this meant that Heathrow would have to close. Can those who favour Heathrow development do enough to improve air quality and noise to convince local residents that the jobs created by expansion are too vital to lose?

22nd May 2013


ITF - Turkish Airlines flying with reduced or unqualified crew to beat strike


Morning Star - Long-term jobless failed by Con-Dems


Heathrow takes delivery of £260,000 Lamborghini... but refuses to say what it's for

An odd, but interesting report from the Daily Mail


British workers have suffered 8.5 per cent real-term wage drop, says TUC

The TUC slams goverment policies that have seen workers lose out while the wealthiest get richer


Croatia Airlines strike ends after 8 days


TUC calls on MPs not to exempt public officials from recognising equal marriage

As the Church of Scotland votes to allow actively gay people to become ministers, the UK government is considering an opt out to the legislation that would allow single sex couples to marry for the first time. Why on Earth should public officials be allowed to discriminate when the rest of the country progresses to give equal rights to gay people?

20th May 2013


Emirates defends no staff bonus, despite huge profit



Islamic Afghan MPs block women's rights law

Conservative MPs in Afghanistan block a law that would have prevented victims of rape from being prosecuted for adultery


Cairo baggage handlers went on strike after colleague was killed at work


Londoners call time on coalition's NHS attack

The Morning Star reports on Saturday's "Keep the NHS Public" protests


Emissions Deal May Not Come Before EU Deadline

The UN's failure to agree a global deal for aviation emissions could force the EU to go back to its own scheme unilaterally, despite the likelihood that this would lead to a trade war


Heathrow stands firm over third runway but rejects mixed mode

London Heathrow Seeks Increased Early Arrivals to Gain Capacity

Heathrow seeks an increase in the number of arrivals between 05.00 and 06.00 as a short term fix for capacity problems while the governemnt dithers over a long term aviation policy for London

18th May 2013



British Airways to receive first A380 in July - photos


Turkish Airlines Says Staff Shun Strike Call

Turkish Airlines claims that a strike by union Hava-Is has little support among its members. The union believes that the strike in support of 305 sacked workers will gain momentum as publicity mounts and time goes on.

Hava-Is members start strike at Turkish Airlines

16th May 2013


Unite calls on Londoners to march on Saturday to save the NHS 'from ruin'


Freight industry urges UK government to expand Heathrow


Global scheme to tackle aviation emissions could be launched in 2020

Following opposition to the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme, the UN's attempts to produce a global alternative look unlikely to be introduced for several years


Strike at Swissport handling Brussels

ETF’s solidarity statement with Swissport workers at Brussels Airport


Turkish Air Faces Strike As Deadline Approaches

Up to 14,000 Turkish Airlines members of the union Hava-Is may strike this week over a refusal to reinstate 305 sacked workers. The International Transport Workers Federation (of which Unite is a member) has been calling on Turkish Airlines to reinstate the workers since last year.


Trade union chiefs refute criticisms by Qatar Airways CEO


Bangladesh workers get right to form trade unions

As the death toll in Rana Plaza rises above 1,100 - some British and American retailers are still stalling on signing an agreement that could see major safety improvements in Bangladesh's garment industry. Gap is among the companies that have yet to sign up to the new agreement, claiming that further details need to to be settled.

Around 4 million people work in the garment trade in Bangladesh and there is no doubt that the jobs are important. But the wages, hours and safety standards in these factories are extremely poor. This industry needs to be unionised and subject to regular inspections from health and safety reps and government officials. Wages need to be raised - even if this means that the retail price of clothes goes up by a couple of pence. And working conditions must be improved.

Unionised workplaces are the quickest and most effective way of achieving these improvements.

14th May 2013



ICAO Yet To Resolve Airline Emissions Issues


Gatwick rail link "Heathwick" branded "an ultra-silly" idea


Qatar Airways CEO blames unions for lack of growth (rather than bankers)

The CEO of Qatar Airways seems to think that unions are to blame for the string of recessions that have plagued the global economy for the past five years. So not the banksters who gambled our childrens' futures or the tax dodging multi-nationals that plunges dozens of nations into debt, then? 


Primark and Mataln admit using Rana Plaza companies as death toll tops 1,000

The need for better health and safety enforcement everywhere is proven by the shocking death toll in Bangladesh. Yet an estimated 50,000 deaths happen every year in the UK from accidents and diseases caused by work, so we should also be demanding more inspections and stronger enforcement in Britain.


MPs say 'Very strong case for third runway at Heathrow'

Shut Heathrow and build houses, says Mayor's aviation advisor

Second runway at Gatwick tipped as favourite for airport expansion report

As the HOC Transport Committee suggests a three or even four runway Heathrow is the best solution to London's aviation capacity problems, Boris Johnson's aviation advisor recommends ignoring the 170,000 jobs that Heathrow provides and closing it completely

11th May 2013


Unite calls for no public contracts for blacklisters


Fake airline pilot 'landed planes at Gatwick'


Thames airport 'should be rejected' - MPs report

The House of Commons Transport Committees condemns plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary and calls for a third runway at Heathrow

New government aviation policy a ‘missed opportunity’, says London Assembly

10th May 2013



Heathrow-bound pilots 'made dizzy by smell as they landed'


Air India warned for sacking ‘overweight’ hostess


TUC - Benefit fraud just 0.7 per cent of welfare budget, official figures show

The government's cynical attacks on the unemployed, disabled and elderly are exposed as its own figures reveal that 99.3% of all claims are genuine


Turkish Airlines Backs Down On Stewardess Lipstick Ban


Israeli aviation strikes win better deal for workers


Qatar Approached IAG Over Bankia Stake - Report

Qatar expresses an interest in buying 12% of IAG



Opposition grows to Thames Estuary airport plan

95% of North Kent residents who returned a survey are opposed to a Thames Estuary airport

UK’s Airports Commission appoints expert panel

‘Create new super airport or double size of Heathrow’


Australian unions show solidarity with PALEA at Philippine Airlines


Protests end furloughing (compulsory unpaid leave) of US air traffic controllers


Lufthansa Agrees Inflation-busting Pay Deal

Industrial action by German union Verdi results in an improved pay offer


CO2 levels are about to hit their highest level in human history

As global carbon dioxide levels pass the 400 parts per million mark, environmentalists warn that we should expect significant climate change in the coming decades


London Chamber of Commerce backs Heathrow in London hub debate

Institute of Directors - London Assembly is ignoring aviation capacity crunch


IATA - CAA’s Proposals Do Not Address Heathrow Cost Issues

IATA says that a Heathrow price cap of 1.3% below inflation is not enough to make London's main business airport compatitive with its European rivals. However, the body that lobbies on behalf of airlines barely notes that the main reason for UK air travel being expensive is the extortionate level of Air Passenger Duty imposed by the government.


Manchester airport cleaners to take 24-hour strike tomorrow


Unite and TSSA in talks to form first ever cross-transport union