On June 16th, 2015, Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc met with the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO), the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF), the Federation of European Private Port Operators (FEPORT) and the International Dockers’ Council (IDC), to discuss the achievements, current work, priorities and expectations of the Sectoral Social dialogue Committee for ports and listen to Commissioner Bulc’s priorities regarding the port sector. Прочети още

ECSA and ETF share a common vision on social-related issues of the Commission’s Mid-Term maritime strategy review

The European Social Partners for Maritime Transport – the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) – presented a joint position paper on the Commission’s Mid-Term Maritime Strategy Review. Прочети още

European Parliament’s debate on PSR heads in the right direction

In the begging of May the EP TRAN Committee resumed its work on the proposed Regulation on market access to port services and financial transparency of ports (PSR). The meeting was attended by an ETF delegation which included union officials and workers in cargo handling and other port services from Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. Прочети още

Thousands of lives will be lost in the Mediterranean


European and global operators of merchant ships have joined forces with seafarers’ unions to urge EU Member States to take immediate collective action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea.

Since 2014, thousands of people have been attempting the dangerous sea crossing to Europe, from Africa and the Middle East, in overcrowded boats not fit for purpose, with over 3,500 people having already lost their lives. Many are at the mercy of people smugglers. Прочети още

FTTUB – a part of the joint efforts to settle the case with 14 Ukrainian sailors in distress detained in Varna lake


On 16 March 2015 the Inspectorate of the International Transport Federation (ITF) to which the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) is an affiliate, received a signal of distress by Ukrainian sailors from “Asian Dream” ship. Their salaries have not been paid for more than 3 months. Captain Dushin approached ITF for support after the ship became a “hostage” due to a breach of agreements and unpaid bills by her ship owners – Asian Dream Sniping Ltd and their authorized operator International Maritime Advisor and Management. ITF revealed that both companies are registered at one and the same address in Shanghai. The ship herself has been registered under Liberian flag and is currently detained in Varna lake. Прочети още

We all need to stand up for our Right to strike


On 18 February FTTUB will participate in the Global action day under the motto ‘Hands off our right to strike!’, organized by the International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC), International Transport workers’ Federation (ITF), Public Services International (PSI) and other international federations representing workers from various sectors.

ITUC has prepared an in-depth analysis of the legal grounds for the right to strike and the role of ILO, which can be read here. The right to strike has been guaranteed as every worker’s legal right ever since ILO’s Convention 87 was adopted back in 1948. Each state which has ratified an ILO convention is bound to observe its regulatioons. Regardless of this, for the last few years the employers have been questioning and undermining this key worker’s right and its legal foundations; and as of today, according to ITUC’s data, workers in 37 countries have been detained for protests or strike activities. Прочети още

Spotlight on women’s strength at Indian port union

The strength of women workers was celebrated in Kandla, India recently as a 90-strong women’s meeting was held by the port union there. ITF dockers’ section secretary Sharon James and ITF Asia/Pacific assistant regional secretary Sangam Tripathy attended the meeting of Transport and Dockworkers’ Union (TDWU) of Kandla members. James credited the TDWU with a very progressive approach to women workers, pointing to the fact that the ITF-affiliated union organises across a range of categories despite operating in a very male-dominated environment.
James met with activists and heard about the challenges they face, particularly regarding proposed development plans in the area. Opportunities for the union to organise and grow were also high on the agenda for discussion.

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Ah, the sea!

On the occasion of June 25, Day of the Seafarer, FTTUB greets all colleagues who have turned their love for the sea into their profession. We wish you to stay healthy and strong as sea has made you, resistant to all winds and storms, and bearing sea’s energy in your soul! Let your way be light and successful, and while sharing sea’s never ending motion, let you always find your way to the coast and back home!
Happy holidays, dear colleagues!

Ekaterina Yordanova
President of FTTUB

OHS in the SSDC – Ports

On the last meeting of SSDC – Ports that took place on 11.06. in Brussels,  4 social partners: 2 employers organizations (ESPO and FIPORT) and 2 trade unions (ETF and IDC) started the discussion on occupational health and safety in ports. Two sub-committees were founded, one for the terminal issues and another for the onboard ones. The main topics to start working on were identified. At the beginning, it will be mainly studies on the current situation.

Another important topic that social partners entered into the social dialogue was training of port workers/dockers where it exists. They accepted that there is also a need to clarify the situation.

Creating the conditions for equality between men and women in dock profession has chances to become the first agreement of the sectoral social dialogue committee – ports.