Just a few months before the end of the year and thus, of the Operational Program “Transport” 2007 – 2013 (+2), on 24 September 2015 an informative meeting was held in the hotel “Balkan”, Sofia. Management body and state agencies reported the results to the general public – MPs, stakeholders, guests and media. They also expressed their expectation that by the end of the year, the absorption of the available European funds will reach almost 100%.
In his address Minister Moskovski pointed out that even now, having disbursed over 75%, Bulgaria is ahead of a number of European countries. All projects will be completed, he also promised.
Again, it was reported that the period 2007 – 2013 did not start successfully; substantial progress was made after 2009. FTTUB became part of this process with the participation of President Ekaterina Yordanova as a member of the Monitoring Committee of the program.
Minister Lilyana Palova also greeted the participants of the meeting and said that although his colleague and her not always agreed, the undisputed success is common.
Eng. Galina Vasileva, deputy head of the Managing Authority presented the stage of the work on each priority axe and most importantly – the lessons learned from the difficulties so far. Evidently, the experience has been evaluated and converted into acting capacity. Everything possible has been done not to lose money and to realize the maximum of works.
The same was reported by the state agencies and companies – contractors on the projects. They appreciated the role of the program to build capacity that was unknown to Bulgaria so far – in infrastructure, as well as in global level modern technologies. “Every station project is unique,” stated St. Bratoev, CEO of the “Metropolitan”. The underground of Sofia was the most successful project in this period which also allowed not losing a lot of European funds. The role of the human factor in the success of each project was also addressed.
FTTUB congratulated all the teams for the excellent cope with the enormous challenge and for creating sustainable jobs and highly qualified specialists. “Each of these projects makes us feel proud of our people, our country and our city” – commented Ekaterina Yordanova expressing the general mood.
The Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria hosted the first of a series of seminars on the project “Social working conditions in public transport companies in Europe”. Прочети още
Members of Federation of Transport Trade Union in Bulgaria Young Committee participated in the International Youth Festival of Labor organized by the CFDT in Paris, France. The festival was held on the occasion of May 1 – International Labor Day and brought together under one roof over 5,000 youth participants and representatives of different trade unions and employers from across Europe.
At the occasion of the ETF Urban Public Transport Committee meeting on 21 April 2015 in Brussels, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and IndustriAll European Trade Union have issued their joint declaration, calling for high standards for the urban bus drivers’ workplace. Прочети още
Today, 9th March, was the annual National conference of FTTUB Women’s committee “Women of FTTUB – an active agent in the fight for equality”. The main topic of the conference was equality between women and men. The event was attended by Ekaterina Yordanova FTTUB president, a vicepresident of the European Transport Federation and also a vicepresident of the Women’s Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova Прочети още
On 9 March the National conference of FTTUB Women’s committee will take place in Sofia. “Women of FTTUB: an active factor in the fight for equality”. The president of FTTUB Ekaterina Yordanova will open the event, and the Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova will be an honorary guest. The event will be attended by union leaders, women activists, representatives of the Confederation of the independent trade unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), guests from the administration of Sofia Municipality, employers.
On 18 February FTTUB will participate in the Global action day under the motto ‘Hands off our right to strike!’, organized by the International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC), International Transport workers’ Federation (ITF), Public Services International (PSI) and other international federations representing workers from various sectors.
ITUC has prepared an in-depth analysis of the legal grounds for the right to strike and the role of ILO, which can be read here. The right to strike has been guaranteed as every worker’s legal right ever since ILO’s Convention 87 was adopted back in 1948. Each state which has ratified an ILO convention is bound to observe its regulatioons. Regardless of this, for the last few years the employers have been questioning and undermining this key worker’s right and its legal foundations; and as of today, according to ITUC’s data, workers in 37 countries have been detained for protests or strike activities. Прочети още
On 26 and 27 November FTTUB representatives participated in the project final conference on corporate social responsibility of the cross-sectoral trade union structure Eurocadres within the ETUC, jointly with CEC European managers. Прочети още
On 26 June, an information campaign on the “Decent work and dialogue – exchange of good practices” project took place within the “Decent work and tripartite dialogue” program supported by Norway through the Norway grants fund. The campaign aimed to acquaint the FTTUB members in the urban transport of Sofia with the outcomes of the project implemented by two trade unions – CITUB and the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, LO, and two employers’ organisations – the Bulgarian Industrial Association and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises NHO. The project upgrades the common Bulgarian – Norwegian project from 2008 “Health, Safety and Environment in the Work Place” (see on www.hse-bg.org).