World Water Forum: Remunicipalisation!

Growing wave of cities ending privatisation and choosing public water services reaches 100  million people in 37 countries –
book launch in advance of World Water Forum

In the run-up to the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea on April 12, Transnational Institute with four organisations including EPSUi have released new research on the growing wave of cities worldwide that are taking previously privatised water supply and sanitation services back under public control, in a process called remunicipalisation. Прочети още

Lan Express Workers go on strike at 00:00 hours on Thursday 9th April

  • 98.19% of Lan Express workers voted to strike, rejecting the almost zero wage increase offered by the largest airline in Latin America.
  • All areas related to maintenance, ramp and passenger assistance are likely to be affected and cause delays and flight cancellations across the country and international connections.
  • Latam Airlines has ongoing labour disputes which affect its operations and also its flights in Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.

In Chile workers voted to strike with record participation and a strong 98.19% vote as a sign of their indignation at what they described as a “shameful” offer by LATAM Airlines. The company’s proposal ignores the status of the workers and takes no responsibility for improving working conditions, instead preferring to keep a significant segment of the workforce below the poverty line. Прочети още

EASA with temporary recommendation for airlines after Germanwings flight 4U9525 accident

EASA publishes today a  temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment at all times of the flight. Airlines should re-assess the safety and security risks associated with a flight crew leaving the cockpit due to operational or physiological needs. Прочети още

ETUC declaration: Some low fares airlines undermine collective bargaining

During its Executive Committee meeting on 10-11 March 2015, ETUC adopted a Declaration in support of collective agreements and good working conditions in European aviation industry. The meeting was attended by Ekaterina Yordanova, president of FTTUB and vice-president of ETF and ETUC’s Women’s committee; Plamen Dimitrov, President of CITUB and member of the EC of ETUC; Eduardo Chagas, General Secretary of ETF and others, who unanimously supported the declaration.

When the ETUC Executive Committee convened for their meeting on March 10, pilots in the budget carrier Norwegian had been on strike for 11 days. Прочети още

Increasing share of women working in the rail sector

On 2 February 2015, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) published their second annual report on the development of women employment in the rail sector in Europe.

The results show that the average share of women working in the rail is increasing and currently stands at around 20%. The differences between countries remain high, with Lithuania employing the biggest Прочети още

FTTUB will participate in the Advisory Committee for railway safety

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On 24th October at the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, representatives of Holding Bulgarian State Railways EAD and the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) presented their proposals for immediate, mid-term and long-term measures aimed at improving the work flow efficiency and the safety of transport in both companies to Minister Angelkova, Deputy minister Georgi Todorov, the management of Railway Administration Executive Agency (RAEA) and the managements of the nationally representative trade unions. Прочети още

FTTUB starts the ITF Action Week on a powerful note

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Оn 6th October FTTUB kicked off its ITF Action Week activities with a successful meeting at the Ministry of Transport, Information technologies and Communications. FTTUB’s delegation featured Ekaterina Yordanova, President FTTUB; Daniela Zlatkova, Executive Secretary FTTUB, Road transport and Railways expert; Antonia Panayotova, Civil aviation expert; Mila Nikolova, Water transport expert; Sasho Aleksov, chairman of BRU at NRIC and BSR, and Ivelina Kachakova, member of the Executive Board of ETF Civil Aviation section. Minister Nikolina Angelkova participated Прочети още

ETF with a clear stand on the future of European aviation

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 9.48.07 AMAfter an intensive week of meetings and discussions, the Cabin Crew Committee of the ETF’s Civil Aviation Section announced its position on some vital issues related to the current and future state of European aviation.
There have been a number of proposals looking at the future of the Basic Regulation (216/2008) and EASA’s (European Aviation Safety Agency) remit. Shortly after the proposal for an amendment to this Regulation in the field of aerodromes, air traffic management and air navigation services (2013/0187 – COD), the European Commission and EASA launched two parallel consultations on the potential of further amendments to this Regulation.
The European Transport Worker’s Federation (ETF) is of the opinion that these consultations should not be used to withdraw the EASA part of the SES2+ initiative when the main issues with SES2+ (externalisation, application of market principles and forced structural separation between air navigation service providers and national authorities) remain untouched. Прочети още

More about the decent work and dialogue

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).
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European Parliament encourages low-cost air traffic control & navigation services

ETF demands to stop jeopardising jobs and safety in European Sky

On 29 and 30 of January 2014, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and its national affiliates from 11 countries organised strikes and other actions in the context of the 2nd European Action Day to demand the establishment of a fair, cooperative and social Single European Sky (SES). The Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) and the entire ATM (Air Traffic Management) staff called on the Transport Committee (TRAN) Members of the European Parliament to support their demands for a strong social dimension inside the SES. The TRAN Committee voted this morning on the so-called SES2+ package and ignored the concerns expressed by the ATCOs and all other involved employees.

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