Bulgaria said “Yes” on EU strategy for gender equality

After more than eight months of efforts and negotiations, the President of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB ) and Vice president of the Women’s Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Ekaterina Yordanova and her team achieved a positive result for the adoption and implementation of a Strategy for Gender Equality 2016 – 2019 , which would include specific commitments by each EU Member State. This became clear on December 7, at the Council of the European Union meeting of the labor ministers of the Member States. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Ivaylo Kalfin personally confirmed the agreement of Bulgaria for the establishment of  a new EU strategy.
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To remind that in April 2015, in Brussels, a regular meeting of the Women’s Committee of the ETUC was held. There, Mrs. Yordanova addressed issues concerning specific measures for better results in the adoption of a Strategy for Gender Equality and was adamant that she needed more practically focused efforts and resources. Прочети още

Aviation strategy for Europe

The European Commission unveiled today its long-awaited Aviation Strategy for Europe. Commissioner Bulc presented the document to the press and members of the European Parliament TRAN Committee. The ETF team was present at both events.
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While the ETF agrees on the need to have a comprehensive strategy integrating social aspects, safety and security, as well as measures to restore fair competition, we are dissatisfied by the lack of binding legislative proposals and actions in the social field. Прочети още

Aviation strategy for Europe: It is time for the Commission to deliver on social issues!

Press release from European Transport Workers’ Federation

On Monday 7 December 2015, the European Commission (EC) presented its long-awaited Aviation strategy for Europe. The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the largest European workers’ representative in civil aviation, agrees on the urgency for a comprehensive strategy integrating social aspects, safety and security, as well as measures to restore fair competition. However, the ETF is dissatisfied by the lack of binding legislative proposals and actions in the social field in the Commission strategy.

Aviation must retain its reputation as the safest mode of transport in Europe. However, the ETF is concerned about the uncritical approach vis-à-vis the so-called new business models, which often involve a lack of industrial relations, questionable forms of employment and outsourcing. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) admitted that precarious and atypical employment may have adverse effects on safety. Прочети още

Once again “NO” to violence

November 25 has been declared by the United Nations the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On this day, governments, social partners and civil society around the world expressed clearly their will to fight this disgraceful but actually existing phenomenon. According to the European Fundamental Rights Agency, even in the European Union every third woman has experienced some form of gender based violence after the age of 15. A part of this violence happens in the workplace – both by colleagues and by third party. In the transport sector, aggression by passengers or other players in the road becomes a serious problem.

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On this day FTTUB started a massive campaign against aggression in the workplace. The campaign continued efforts put last year to ask for a special convention of the International Labour Organisation under the initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation and the International Transport Workers’ Federation, whose member is FTTUB. Прочети още

We demand the protection of Nermin, trade unionists and human rights activists in Libya!

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Terrorist attacks in Paris shocked the world and the global trade union movement expressed its clear position on the issue.
At the same time we must not forget our brave leaders in the Arab world, which are some of the most devoted advocates of human rights in the region and as such often become a target for those who try to end democracy and democratic values.
One of these modern heroes is our sister Nermin Al-Sharif, leader of the Union of dockers and sailors in Libya. Прочети още

Nous sommes Paris

FTTUB expresses its deepest grieve and empathy to our French colleagues and the whole French people for the innocent victims of thе terroristic attacks on 13 November. We suffer with you and we offer you our full solidarity. We join your commitment not to step back and keep the spirit of courage and love for freedom which very symbol are France and Paris.

FSTB exprime son chagrin et son empathie les plus profonds à nos collègues français et au peuple français entier à cause des victimes innocentes des actes terroristes du 13 Novembre. Nous souffrons avec vous en vous offrant toute notre solidarité. Nous partageons votre détermination de ne pas céder et de garder cet esprit de courage et d’amour pour la liberté dont la France et Paris sont le symbole même.

Employment and working conditions in urban transport in Europe

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On 12 and 13 November 2015 in Paris was held the second seminar within the project “Social conditions in public transport companies in Europe”. The first one had earlier taken place in Sofia (see here). The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), EVA academy and UITP – the employers’ organization for public transport, are partners in this project.
The FTTUB representatives Mila Nikolova and Madlen Yordanova, sectoral representative to the Youth Committee, participated in the seminar titled “Employment and working conditions.” There were presented the findings of the study conducted by ICF through questionnaires in public transport enterprises of 11 European countries. Прочети още

Railway section with a seminar and a study

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On 4 and 5 November 2015, at the ITF headquarters in London, the FTTUB representatives Daniela Zlatkova and Nadezhda Staneva participated in a seminar on “Perspectives for employment and training of staff in railway companies.”
At the seminar, a study on the promotion of employment and quality of work in the European rail sector was presented. The study had three focus points: Прочети още

Once again FTTUB supported the initiative of the European Commission for Equal Pay Day

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This year, DG “Justice” of European Commission has announced 2 November for Equal Pay Day. The remaining 59 days (over 16%) from this day till the end of the year comprise the period women work for “free”, as it corresponds to what women in Europe gain less in payment for their work than men.
The Equal Pay Day has been marked by different activities that FTTUB delivered from the very beginning of the initiative in 2011.The Federation constantly underlines the gravity of the issue with its long-term impact, e.g. the pension pay gap, at a later stage of the life cycle.The focus of the 2015 campaign was put on the final report of the “Gender Pay Gap in transport” project. Прочети още

Protest of European railway workers on the 4th railway package

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Today, October 8, the European Ministers of Transport meet in Luxembourg to discuss and possibly adopt a common approach on the political pillar of the 4th railway package. On this occasion and within the ITF’s Action week under the motto “Transport workers fighting back! Organizing globally”, the Railway transport section of ETF organizes a protest in front of the building where the meeting of the Council of Ministers takes place. With their protest, European railway workers demand for: Прочети още