Gender equality in the workplace should start from our unions

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On 14 and 15 December the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) held its last meeting for the year. Ekaterina Yordanova – president of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria, national representative and vice president of the Women’s Committee of ETUC, was represented by her deputy Mila Nikolova. On behalf of the Women’s Committee she urged the Executive to implement the 2015 Paris Congress decision on parity in the representation of both genders in the ETUC bodies. Прочети още

FIRST WORKSHOP OF THE GROUND HANDLING PROJECT

The Social Partners representing employers and workers in the European Ground Handling – ACI Europe (ACI), Airport Services Association (ASA) and European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) – met on 8 and 9 December 2016 in Barcelona to discuss the issues of market access and social conditions in the ground handling industry. This workshop was part of an EU co-financed project in the framework of social dialogue.

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The aim of the project is to prepare social partners’ views in light of the assessment of the Directive 96/67/EC that was announced as part of the Commission’s Aviation Strategy for Europe. Before the workshop, an extensive research has been conducted by the consultant company Syndex consisting of desktop and questionnaire research.

The participants agreed that market opening without social regulation has caused excessive pressure both on the ground handling companies and workers. There is a need for rules that will ensure level playing field and binding social protection for the workforce.

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Therefore, all the three organisations will continue their joint efforts to have a sustainable and fair ground handling sector. The next workshop taking place in February 2017 will look at quality and training standards. Finally, the closing conference in April 2017 will present the outcome of the project to a wider audience.

FTTUB was represented at the workshop by its International Relations and Civil Aviation expert Antonia Panayotova who is also a member of the Steering Committee of the project, as well as by Petranka Shomova, a chairman of FTTUB’s  trade union organisation at Varna Airport and by Albena Vasileva from FTTUB’s organisation at Sofia Airport.

FTTUB marked the International Human Rights Day with ‘This is my Oath’

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“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

FTTUB youth join UN ‘Orange the World’ campaign

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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

FTTUB’s Antonia Panayotova chosen for leadership position at ETF

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At the annual conference of ETF’s Civil Aviation section she was elected vice chairman for the next four years.

Antonia Panayotova was elected deputy chairman of the Civil Aviation section at the European Transport Federation (ETF) during the reporting-election conference of the organization held on 1 December 2016 in Berlin. This is yet another success for the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) in ETF, giving a high evaluation of the work of its leaders and experts. Antonia Panayotova takes the vice-presidency over from FTTUB President Ekaterina Yordanova, Прочети още

For 25 November, FTTUB launches second stage of its “I Swear” campaign

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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.

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Eliminating violence against women at work and at home

Trade Unions are fully determined to eliminate violence against women through collective agreements, and their proper implementation with employers, at national, sectoral and company levels.

In a ground-breaking, and unpublished, study ‘Safe at Home-Safe at work’, which will be presented in Madrid on November 24-25 to mark the International Day against Violence against Women (November 25), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) will reveal how trade unions in Europe have addressed violence against women at work and how support at the workplace can help eliminate violence against women at home.

The ETUC is hosting the Madrid conference to share experience of negotiations and agreements at company and sectoral level to combat violence against women and sexual harassment at work.

A survey carried out by the British TUC found that more than half of all women, and nearly two-thirds of women aged 18 to 24, experienced sexual harassment at work. A French survey, carried out in 2014, found that 1 in 5 women had been a victim of sexual harassment.

Pioneering agreements have been signed in several countries including Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and the Netherlands – see https://www.etuc.org/fr/publications/briefing-notes-etuc-project-safe-home-safe-work#.WDRA5vkrJPZ to more details in a briefing on the ETUC project ‘Safe at home, safe at work’.

Such agreements will guide future European trade union actions to eliminate violence against women at work.

The 2007 European Framework Agreement on Violence and Harassment at Work between the European trade union and employers’ organisations led to Europe-wide agreements in the commerce, private security, local government, health and education sectors.

Sexual harassment at work is a serious problem which can have far-reaching repercussions for the victims and impacts on the whole workplace,” said Montserrat Mir, Confederal Secretary of the ETUC. “Together with the employers, we have the means to address it effectively through collective agreements, as our study shows.

A new negotiating issue for trade unions and employers is how victims of violence at home can be supported in the workplace. Domestic violence often follows victims into the workplace, and obviously impacts on productivity and workplace morale. This makes domestic violence a trade union issue.”

Join the “I Swear” campaign!

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On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) launches the next stage of its
“I swear!” campaign. On 25 November each year, according to the UN appeal, governments, social partners and NGOs hold public events to raise the awareness of the problem.

With this good example, we would like to continue our long-standing efforts to combat the instances of violence at home, in public places and at the workplace, to which almost 30 per cent of Bulgarian women become victims.

This is a second stage of the campaign which we called “I swear.” It started during the 43rd Congress of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, which was held in Sofia in 2014 and hosted by FTTUB. Back then, hundreds of men delegates took the oath that they will not exercise, tolerate or support violence against women, and took their pictures in front of the campaign poster. Every man who took this oath received a white ribbon. 30 white doves “came to life” from the portraits, took flight and carried to all corners of the world the message of the liberated woman’s soul and the hope for a better world in which men and women live and work in harmony.

Today, 25 November 2016, we continue the campaign because the slight decline in the violence statistics shows that it is too early to trumpet victory. We want to get more men involved, make them think about violence and become an active part of society. To show them that they should not tolerate abusers among their friends or colleagues; neither take this lightly or fall silent to such actions. We want to tell them: “It is not shameful to be strong, but it is unacceptable to use one’s masculine force to suppress defenseless women.” And to women victims we want to show that there is another world, that abusers are just a minority and the society condemns them. Women should be brave, end their silence and move on to better lives.

Our campaign will continue throughout the year with posters in the capital’s subway, the major railway stations and airports in Bulgaria. Join us and help combat violence against women! Take a photo in front of our “I swear!” poster and post it on the Facebook page of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria – www.facebook.com/FTTUB. Share it on your personal wall with your friends. This is a big help for victims of violence. Be part of the positive example of truly strong men! Sisters, you also can be active on social networks, invite your friends and colleagues to take the man’s oath, upload their pictures and and share “I swore!”.

ITF and ETF press Lufthansa Technik over negotiations

November 23, 2016

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Ver.di members call on LHT to negotiate

The letter was sent on behalf of the LHT union network on 18 November and appeals to LHT chair and chief executive Carsten Spohr to intervene and ensure that the company resumes negotiations for a full and fair settlement of issues concerning workers in the wide body aircraft maintenance department.

ITF civil aviation section secretary Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez and ETF civil aviation section secretary Francois Ballestero wrote: “According to the information we have received, ver.di has been negotiating in good faith with your company on amendments of the current collective agreements. Ver.di has been willing to lower workers’ standards regarding the future of base maintenance for wide body aircraft, including money, working time and qualifications, in return for an agreement which would grant job security for the next five years.”

They expressed their disappointment that LHT is in return demanding a job security period of only two years. In the interest of co-operative, well-developed industrial relations, they urged Mr Spohr’s intervention.

“Such an action would demonstrate a commitment to good labour relations in Lufthansa Technik not only in Germany but all around the world, in order to avoid an escalation of conflicts and would be an important contribution to a positive and stable future for the company in Germany and worldwide”, they stated.

Ver.di told the ITF that its members were enthusiastically circulating the letter among the workforce.

ETF Press release: EU-QATAR DEAL MUST INCLUDE AVIATION WORKERS’ RIGHTS

Brussels, 14 September 2016

On the eve of the first negotiation round between the EU and Qatar on a horizontal air transport agreement taking place from 19 – 21 September 2016 in Doha, the ETF reiterates its demand that such type of agreements must contribute to a social progress for all aviation workers. Further liberalisation of air transport without proper safeguards can seriously damage the European aviation sector. Прочети още