Today in Paris starts the 13th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). It will be attended by nearly 500 voting delegates and another 200 without the right to vote, representing 90 national trade unions from 40 countries. They will be joined by reps of 10 more federations and other trade union structures. The discussions, brought together in four main panels will continue four days. The Congress will vote the Theme Paris Manifesto, the new Working Programme 2015 – 2019 and some resolutions. Elections will be held for a new President, Secretary General, 2 deputies, 4 Confederate Secretaries and 5 auditors. Прочети още
“The 43rd Congress in Sofia was the most powerful Congress of the International Transport Federation (ITF), which I have seen, and I have seen a lot!”. With these words Stuart Howard, Assistant General Secretary of the ITF, thanked in his speech FTTUB and its volunteers for the excellent organization and hosting of the Congress. Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the world federation, shared the same emotions during his visit to Sofia last autumn. Now, during the seminar for the Congress volunteers Прочети още
The walking tour “Following the steps of the successful Bulgarian women” was held during two days (12, 13 of August) from 9.00 to 12.00 o’clock, organized by “Youth forum 21st century”. The tour was conducted as part of the project “Youth partnership for European quality of the public transport in the capital” with the financial help of Sofia Municipality, program Europe 2014 and is aimed at supporting the city of Sofia for its candidacy for European capital of culture 2019.
Today, 12th of August 2014, the world celebrates the International Youth Day recognized as such by the UN resolution voted in 1999. In furtherance of this event, young transport workers from 115 countries gathered at the “Bells” area where they put a specially crafted bell on behalf of the FTTUB Youth Committee. The event’s slogan was “Echo in the future”. Young people from every continent – delegates of their unions at the 43rd ITF congress, Ms. Sharan Burrow – General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Ms. Ekaterina Yordanova – President of the FTTUB and Ms. Veneta Serafimova – Sofia Municipal Council member participated for the bell’s installation. Прочети още
A day before the official opening of ITF 43rd Congress in Sofia, on Lovers’ Bridge near the National Palace of Culture the photo exhibit ‘This is my oath’ was opened.
The exposition is part of the joint activities of FTTUB’s Youth and Women’s Committees, supported by European Future Foundation, to eliminate violence against women at home, at work and in the society as a whole. By agreeing to become faces of the exhibition, FTTUB’s men, women and youth expressed their determination to turn into ambassadors of harmonious relations between genders. Прочети още
Today, August 6th, the youth reporters of FTTUB welcomed at Sofia Airport the first group of participants in ITF 43rd Congress – the ITF stаff. Following an old Bulgarian tradition, each guest received a nosegay of geranium for luck, and best wishes for a successful congress. Dressed in their thematic outfits, the reporters symbolically represented one of the transport sectors within ITF, thus giving a nice surprise to the guests and instantly creating a friendly atmosphere.
In less than a month before the Congress’s start two more related collective events took place:
In Varna a meeting of the youth members of FTTUB from West and East Ports and Urban Transport was held. It was also attended by the three trade unions’ leaders, the co-presidents of the Youth Committee of FTTUB and experts. The Congress’ s theme document, the main and fringe program and the cultural agenda were reviewed and discussed. A special attention has been put on popularising the Congress, with a highlight on the fresh youth’s ideas. The youth network will still serve for further discussions and preparations.
A month before the beginning of the 43’rd ITF congress, only 3 kilometers away from the Madara Rider in Kyulevcha village a two-day organisational meeting of the FTTUB Youth Executive Committee took place. The aim of the meeting was to discuss every detail of the management in order to assure the smooth flow of the congress.
On 14th June in the town of Hissarya, a Trade Union Council meeting of the trade union of BULATSA took place with the participation of FTTUB’s President Ekaterina Yordanova. She acquainted the audience with the outcome of the last regular ETF Civil Aviation Section meeting from June 4 2014 and the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee from June 5 2014.
The second part of the meeting was dedicated to the forthcoming 43rd ITF congress which is to be held in Sofia in August. Ekaterina Yordanova presented in detail to the Council the congress programme.The trade union structure’s participation in the preparation and the event activities were discussed in depth.
On May 15 another group of volunteers – this time employees of Sofia Public Electrical Transport Company and Sofia Airport – began their preparation for the 43rd Congress of ITF in August. Traditionally, they were welcomed by Ekaterina Yordanova, President of FTTUB, who personally introduced them to the forthcoming global event and our place in it. Then the trade union members learnt details about history, structure, objectives and activities of the International Transport Workers’Federation worldwide. This opened the way to a more open discussion of trade union issues.
Similar preparatory information meetings will be held in the countryside.