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

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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

ÖGB succeeded in pushing through important tax reforms for workers

Last year, the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) launched a campaign calling for a massive tax reform in Austria. Last week the Austrian government finally agreed on a tax reform very much in the line of the campaign of the Austrian Trade Unions, “Lohnsteuer runter”.

 The Austrian government reacted to the public campaign and proposals made by the trade unions. The ÖGB mobilised large parts of the labour movement for the campaign over the last months and collected more than 880.000 signatures demanding the reduction of income tax rates. After long negotiations within the Austrian government, supported by the experts of the trade unions, the outcome is a huge success for the labour movement as a whole. Прочети още

Union outcry forces rejection of Uber ‘women’s jobs’ plan

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An outcry raised by a coalition of trade unions and civil society groups has led UN Women to disassociate itself from a partnership with ‘ride booking’ app provider Uber just over a week after its announcement. The unions and NGOs had acted speedily to persuade the United Nations organisation to reconsider a strategic partnership with the company that would supposedly create ‘a million’ jobs for women drivers. Прочети още

Mass rejection of Uber women ‘jobs’ plan

A coalition of concerned organisations, led by global unions including the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation), has formed to express its shock over a ‘strategic partnership’ between UN Women and Uber, the ‘ride booking’ app provider. The coalition took the message to the floor of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW59) today, after Uber used the event to announce a plan to supposedly create a million jobs for women drivers.

Speaking from UNCSW59, Brigitta Paas, ITF vice president, commented: Прочети още

Women of FTTUB: We expect concrete steps in the fight for equality between women and men at the level of legislation in bulgarian context

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Today, 9th March, was the annual National conference of FTTUB Women’s committee “Women of FTTUB – an active agent in the fight for equality”. The main topic of the conference was equality between women and men. The event was attended by Ekaterina Yordanova FTTUB president, a vicepresident of the European Transport Federation and also a vicepresident of the Women’s Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation, Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova Прочети още

FTTUB National Women Conference for International Women’s Day

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On 9 March the National conference of FTTUB Women’s committee will take place in Sofia. “Women of FTTUB: an active factor in the fight for equality”. The president of FTTUB Ekaterina Yordanova will open the event, and the Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova will be an honorary guest. The event will be attended by union leaders, women activists, representatives of the Confederation of the independent trade unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), guests from the administration of Sofia Municipality, employers.
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3 March: Bulgaria’s liberation day

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Happy Liberation Day, Bulgaria! Let us treasure our freedom and respect the memory of all those who have sacrificed themselves, so we can enjoy it! Let us remember and preserve the valuable things that make us Bulgarians!