Young delegates learned about good practices in the implementation of social policies in a real environment
An international delegation of young transport workers, headed by FTTUB president Ekaterina Yordanova, introduced the working conditions and good practices in the social dialogue at Sofia’s Metropolitan. The visit to the Dispatching Centre of Metropolitan EAD was one more even in the program organized by FTTUB and its youth committee for the International Youth Day -12 August. Young transport workers, activists of the transport unions from Bulgaria, the Balkans and Europe, as well as members of the International Transport Federation (ITF) Youth Committee, took part in the visit.
This week, the ETF headquarters hosted a marathon of important aviation meetings that set the agenda for the upcoming period. On Monday, the Steering Committee met to prepare the work of the Section. On Tuesday, the EASA Strategic Group discussed the changes of the legislative framework of the Agency, the internal structure as well as current rulemaking tasks.
This was followed by the meetings of the three Committees (Air Traffic Management, Cabin Crew incl. Pilot Working Group and Ground Staff) dealing with the specific issues for the individual groups. And on Wednesday, the whole Civil Aviation Section got together to deal with a heavy agenda relating to the defence of aviation workers’ rights. Among other things, it included a new and strong campaign on Ryanair that will be implemented in close cooperation with ITFaviation.
Finally, the ETF delegation is attending today (Thursday, 22 June) the Plenary meeting of the Civil Aviation Sectoral Social Dialogue.
Among the topics discussed, we have the changes on the employers’ side representation, the EASA Basic Regulation, Regulation (EC) 1008/2008 on air services or the consultation of the Civil Aviation Social Dialogue Committee.
Brussels, 8 June 2017
ETF strongly opposes recommendations in Connected Aviation Package
attacking Air Traffic Controllers’ fundamental rights
As part of its package entitled ‘Open and connected Europe’, the European Commission announced today its recommendations on the so-called service continuity, including measures affecting the right to strike. The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) strongly deplores this attempt to limit indirectly this fundamental right guaranteed by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights by proposing measures such as individual notification, protection of overflights and air traffic peak periods.
The proposed measures significantly encroach the national sovereignty of Member States and contradict the Article 153 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union which clearly states that the right to strike is excluded from EU competencies. This article must be understood as a whole, including the way this right is being organised at national level.
Charles-André Quesnel, Chair of the ETF Air Traffic Management Committee, commented: “The aim of the proposed notification at individual level is to attack the collective power of trade unions and we cannot tolerate this. The proposed measures are in breach of EU Treaties and we reserve the right to challenge them at the European Court of Justice.”
In an earlier study based on official EU data and entitled ‘Efficiency, capacity and growth in European aviation’, the ETF together with ATCEUC have demonstrated that while blaming the air traffic controllers, the airlines themselves are responsible for over 50 percent of flight delays in Europe. Furthermore, the study shows that guaranteeing minimum services, which are in place in several EU Member States, are an ineffective measure.
The ETF is also reserved on the proposal to guarantee 100 percent of overflights in countries affected by industrial action and to use air traffic controllers from other countries as strike-breakers. Apart from the fact that this would circumvent the right to strike, it may also have serious safety consequences due to the lack of sector-specific training for these “universal” controllers.
François Ballestero, ETF Political Secretary for Civil Aviation, added: “It is regrettable that the Commission is copy-pasting measures proposed by the lobby organisation of the European airlines. Under the populistic pretext of passenger protection they once again give preference to profit before people. Instead of attacking fundamental rights we urge the Commission to propose recommendations to the airlines to create quality jobs instead of installing social dumping all over Europe.”
The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) today condemned the European Commission’s proposal to restrict the right to strike in air traffic control.
It demanded that the Commission removes all references to restricting the right to strike from its initiative on “Aviation: open and connected Europe” published on June 8.
Ekaterina Yordanova gave employers and trade union leaders the Bulgarian edition of the WISE II report and its recommendations for increasing the share of women working in public transport.
The Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) officially presented the final part of the WISE II project – “Women employment and gender equality policies in European public transport companies”. This is a joint project of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Association for Public Transport (UITP) within the framework of the European Social Dialogue in the period 2015-2016. Bulgaria participates in the initiative through FTTUB, with a solid contribution to the research and the preparation of a handbook with policies and good practices for equality.
The Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) celebrated Labour Day with the launch of the new “OUR public transport” campaign: an initiative of the International Federation of Transport Workers (ITF) which explains the benefits of public transport.
The inauguration of the campaign for Bulgaria gathered at ‘Renaissance’ square Bulgarian and international trade union leaders, employers’ representatives, Sofia municipality officials, transport workers, citizens and journalists. Прочети още
3600 people showed their support for “This is my oath” campaign with applauses during the “Christmas Stars” gala concert which took place on 15 December at the National Palace of Culture. Iskra Radeva, a great and much-loved Bulgarian actress, officially backed the initiative of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) and invited the audience to join in. Прочети още
“I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. This is my oath.”
With these simple but powerful words of the men’s oath uttered on the International Human Rights Day, FTTUB again drew the attention of Bulgarian men and the entire society towards violence against women.
On 10 December, members of FTTUB’s Youth were once again in the Sofia metro, where citizens took pictures in front of the panel of the oath and thus gave their vote for a world free of violence! Прочети още
With their Orange Action Day, FTTUB ‘s Youth organization joins United Nations Women’s campaign ‘Orange the World’ combatting violence against women, which runs traditionally for 16 days of activism from 25 November until 10 December.
Tomorrow, 4 December 2016, FTTUB youth activists will hand out orange balloons to citizens and explain the UN Women’s campaign, in front of the key metro station “Serdika” in Sofia. Their action starts at 10.15 a.m. at the entrance of “Knyaz Boris” str and will continue under the dome of the Largo from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Organizers are calling on everybody: Join us tomorrow, put on something orange and come to the Largo at 11 a.m.! Прочети още
In 2016, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) launched the next stage of its “I swear!” campaign, inspired by the White Ribbon oath started by MUA and launched in Bulgaria by FTTUB’s Youth Committee and its co-chair Alina Milusheva during ITF’s 43rd Congress. This campaign is a logical continuation of our long-standing efforts to combat the instances of violence at home, in public places and at the workplace.