FTTUB wishes you a bright Christmas and a happy 2019!

Warmest wishes from FTTUB team and president Ekaterina Yordanova, 
for lots of light and joy during the coming Christmas and New Year 
holidays, a lot of satisfaction and shared happiness with your loved ones!

In 2019, let us all together, and each one by their own powers, 
be creators of the changes we wish to see in the world! 
Let us help the good, the justice and the understanding grow among us!

ITF 44th Congress host Mary Liew receives the „LEADER OF CHANGE” award

In the eve of the official opening of ITF 44th Congress in Singapore, FTTUB president Ekaterina Yordanova gave the  “LEADER OF CHANGE” award to Mary Liew, the General Secretary of the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union, the host organization of ITF 44th Congress – for being an exceptional woman leader, who dedicated all her time and enormous energy to making the 44th ITF congress in Singapore possible. Прочети още

OPT in Bulgaria: developing a campaign on many levels

For a second year in a row, in September 2018, the Federation of transport trade unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) took part in the European mobility week (EMW) with a second wave of ‘Our Public Transport’ campaign – which FTTUB develops in Bulgaria since 1 May 2017.

Last year, we introduced the OPT campaign to the wider trade union movement during CITUB’s 8th congress, which was attended by delegates from all industrial sectors in Bulgaria; and honored by guests from ITUC – the Deputy Secretary-General Jaap Wienen; and the European Economic and Social Council – Georges Dassis, president of the Workers’ Group at EESC. OPT was presented at the conference “A Future for Labor, a Future for Young People in Europe” organized by the International Youth Forum in Sofia. Later on, during EMW 2017 in September, we worked in partnership with Sofia municipality and the local public transport companies (bus, tram and trolley, metro and urban mobility centre) to draw the attention of the citizens of Sofia to the important role and the benefits of a publicly owned urban transport. At the open-door days during EMW 2017 for each company, FTTUB brought the spotlight on the transport workers. Citizens had the chance to experience first-hand our jobs at our workplaces and thus better appreciate our role as the people who give life to OPT. We also presented the results of a survey we have conducted proving that an increase in the number of women drivers leads to an improved working environment, better service for passengers and more profits for the companies in the entire urban transport sector.

In 2018, we opened our OPT campaign to other big cities in Bulgaria, and  used the EMW 2018 to once more draw public attention towards public transport.

 

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FTTUB’s Youth committee celebrated International Youth Day in Sofia

Day after the International Youth Day FTTUB`s Youth Committee took part in the Drawing Competition, organized by Human Resource Development Centre. The subject of the competition was “European Cultural Heritage”. Our representatives were from Sofia Airport – Vesselina Kitova, Elinka Manolova, Rosita Georgieva and Alexandra Georgieva. They received special support from our President Ekaterina Yordanova and the chairman of our latest organization Georgi Moskov. He works at „Speedy“ AD, but at the same time he is also an amazing artist. He proposed to start free lessons, drawing trainings and workshops for all trade union members of FTTUB.

Our young people used the event again to present their activities and campaigns, impressing young Egyptians who are in Bulgaria on an exchange program. They were fascinated by the activity and desire of committee members and promised to attend  next event, organized by us.

All participants received special gifts from the organizers and the best ones were awarded with certificates.

 

The new EASA basic regulation is an important step in the right direction

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), representing over 350,000 workers across the whole aviation industry in Europe, welcomes yesterdays’ European Parliament Plenary vote on the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Basic Regulation as an important step in the right direction. Some of ETF’s long-standing claims – such as the inclusion of ground handling into the scope of the Agency or the interdependence between safety and socio-economic factors – have been reflected. Subject to the approval of the Council, the ETF regrets the extension of the flexibility provisions to eight months thus giving too many possibilities for airlines to derogate from established rules, in particular as regards flight time limitations.  Прочети още

The new EASA basic regulation is an important step in the right direction

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), representing over 350,000 workers across the whole aviation industry in Europe, welcomes yesterdays’ European Parliament Plenary vote on the new European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Basic Regulation as an important step in the right direction. Some of ETF’s long-standing claims – such as the inclusion of ground handling into the scope of the Agency or the interdependence between safety and socio-economic factors – have been reflected. Subject to the approval of the Council, the ETF regrets the extension of the flexibility provisions to eight months thus giving too many possibilities for airlines to derogate from established rules, in particular as regards flight time limitations. 

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ITF and Qatari government continue talks under the ILO technical cooperation programme

March 12, 2018

An ITF delegation, led by ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton, visited Qatar last week to hold discussions with top officials to set a framework for the implementation of the common objectives, agreed by both sides at a previous meeting held in London on 4 October last year.

The ITF delegation met with HE Mr. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport; HE Mr. Issa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Administrative Development – Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA); Mr. Fernando Casadevall, Qatar Airways’ Chief Human Resources Officer; Saleh bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Director General of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce; Mr. Houtan Homayounpour, responsible of the ILO office in Doha.

The ITF delegates welcomed the Ministers’ commitment to the ILO technical cooperation programme (TCP), under which the ILO and the Government of Qatar agreed to work together to strengthen national regulations and practices. They also agreed to work together to strengthen the capacities of the government, employers, and workers to realise fundamental principles and rights at work, in line with international labour standards. Under the TCP, the government of Qatar will promote a speedy process to resolve individual grievance procedures and will regulate the creation of joint labour committees at company level, among other measures.

After the meetings, Stephen Cotton declared: “We believe that accelerating our cooperation with the aim of reaching an agreement will provide a clear message to the regional and global community that the Government of Qatar is fully committed to the TCP and workers’ rights generally. With the government’s support, and under the umbrella of the ILO TCP, I am certain that we can develop a road map to be launched in the next few months for the full protection of labour and social rights of all transport workers in Qatar.”

Trade union leaders at ‘Metropoliten EAD’ on a meeting with FTTUB president

On 8 February, trade union leaders from the organization at Sofia’s metro operator ‘Metropoliten EAD’ met with the president of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) Ekaterina Yordanova at FTTUB headquarters. During the meeting, the FTTUB team reviewed FTTUB’s 2018 priorities, the important campaigns and the key events that are ahead. Among the campaigns, the ETF’s ‘Fair Transport’ 2.0 campaign received special attention. In her speech, Ekaterina Yordanova highly appreciated the role of the organization at ‘Metropoliten EAD’ in negotiating better incomes and working conditions in the Company’s CBA, which was signed at the end of last year. Прочети още