Congress days in Paris: Day two

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The beginning of the second day was dedicated to another important topic – the women participation and representation in union governance. Struggling for equality, trade unions should start from themselves. An ETUC resolution on this issue was adopted. The President of FTTUB and Vice President of the Women’s Committee of ETUC Ekaterina Yordanova was among the official guests on the stage. She is an inspirational example of fruitful career and successful implementation of the gender balance principle in practice within the FTTUB. Прочети още

13th Congress of the ETUC

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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

Unforgettable words, unforgettable days

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“The 43
rd 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

Global ITF campaign in support of sacked activists at Gdansk port

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A global campaign is being launched in support of Maciek Konopka and his colleagues at Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk as union-busting activity by management reaches new heights. Konopka has been sacked from his job at the terminal after 6 years of fixed term contracts, ostensibly because he is a visible and active member of ITF affiliate union NSZZ Solidarnosc. Прочети още

First victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is celebrating the first victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways (QR) after the airline admitted that it has removed its contractual pregnancy and marriage prohibitions. These demanded that anyone becoming pregnant had to notify management, at which point she would be likely to lose her job, and forbade marriage for five years (even after that time permission had to be sought to marry). Прочети още

LO-Denmark: “Thank you for supporting the struggle to obtain better pay and working conditions”

LO notes that Ryanair is closing its last base in Denmark on 17 July 2015. This means that Ryanair no longer has crew in Denmark working on the very poor working conditions that we have been witnessing. “There will therefore be no secondary action in Danish airports on 18 July. The Danish labour market works and the labour movement has experienced massive support for its defence of decent working conditions”, says Lizette Risgaard.
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The trade union movement is satisfied that the Labour Court has – also with this case – shown its support for the workers’ right to defend themselves against a company like Ryanair which grossly underpays its employees and blatantly disregards our rules, says LO’s Vice-President, Lizette Risgaard. Прочети още

OGB-L (Luxemburg) sign ground breaking ground handling agreement

The ITF affiliated OGB-L have signed a ground breaking sectoral agreement for ground handling workers, which provides a compulsory re-hiring of workers in case a service provider would lose the market or part of it.

On 16 July 2015 the OGB-L have signed the first ever collective agreement applicable for the whole ground handling sector in Luxembourg. It has been co-signed by Groupement des Services Aéroportuaires du Findel, which is the employers’ organisation affiliated to FEDIL (Fédération des Industriels du Luxembourg). The agreement applies to all present and future companies in the groundhandling sector in airports. The agreement also secures other important gains for ground handlers. The contract has duration of 2 years (retroactively since 1 January 2015) and applies to employees holding the following handling activities: Прочети още

FTTUB participated actively in ITF Black Sea Action Week

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ITF Black Sea Action Week, which was held from 6 to 10 July, is part of the annual campaigns of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) aiming to improve working conditions and rights of seafarers. This year, it went parallel with an Action Week for the East Asian sea region.

In the Black Sea region, ITF inspectors for Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Georgia and Israel and their teams conducted mass inspections of the working conditions and wages on ships. Прочети още