ITF – International Transport Workers’ Federation


Founded in 1896, the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is an international trade union federation of transport workers' unions. Any independent trade union with members in the transport industry is eligible for membership of the ITF. In 2011, 781 unions representing over 4,600,000 transport workers in 155 countries were members of the ITF. The ITF represents transport workers around the world and promotes their interests through global campaigning and solidarity. The ITF's headquarters is located in London, United Kingdom.


ITF Current emblem

(Circular form representing both the globe and the wheel; green and blue colors for transport by air, sea and land)

Although the range of ITF activities is very wide, they can be best summed up under three key headings: representation, information, and practical solidarity. The ITF represents the interests of transport workers' unions in bodies which take decisions affecting jobs, employment conditions or safety in the transport industry, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).


The ITF Civil Aviation Section held a well-attended (26 countries were represented) and successful Conference in Valletta, Malta from 24 to 27 November 1981. A special souvenir cover was issued on this occasion (see here-below). Among the subjects dealt with by the Conference were the representations made by the ITF to both ICAO and ILO on cabin crew training and crew complement; the flight deck design of next-generation aircraft such as the Airbus A310; licensing and training of airline employees, together with developments on aviation labour matters. The Conference also discussed many other subjects, such as methods of cooperation with other ITF Sections, worldwide effects of air service deregulation, etc. In addition to the Conference, a regular meeting of the Ground Staff Technical Committee and an ad hoc meeting of the Flight Deck Technical Committee took place on 24 November.


Since the beginning of the 1970s, ITF is recognized as Observer Delegation at the Sessions of the ICAO Assembly.


Malta – Civil Aviation Conference organized by ITF from 24 to 27 November 1981.

Sent registered on service cover from the Maltese Government. Coat of Arms of Malta in use between 1975 and 1988.


This coat of arms was adopted on 11 July 1975, seven months after Malta became a republic. It showed a coastal scene with the rising sun, a traditional Maltese boat, a shovel and a pitchfork, and an Opuntia. All these symbols are somewhat connected to Malta. Underneath the image the then new name of the state "Repubblika Ta' Malta" (Republic of Malta) was written.


Malta – Civil Aviation Conference organized by ITF from 24 to 27 November 1981

Envelope cancelled by the circular commemorative hand-stamp ITF-CIVIL AVIATION CONFERENCE / VALLETTA MALTA dated 24 November 1981 and showing the ITF emblem in use at that time. Sent from the temporary post office at the conference location, this registered envelope also bears the AR letters in oval design (registered letter with acknowledgment), the cachet REGISTERED (RECOMMANDE) in red, and the registration hand-stamp R ITF-CIVIL AVIATION / CONFERENCE / VALLETTA MALTA in a black rectangular frame.