We all need to stand up for our Right to strike

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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

Increasing share of women working in the rail sector

On 2 February 2015, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) published their second annual report on the development of women employment in the rail sector in Europe.

The results show that the average share of women working in the rail is increasing and currently stands at around 20%. The differences between countries remain high, with Lithuania employing the biggest Прочети още

Commissioner Bulc welcomes ETF to discuss transport policies

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The ETF President and political staff met with Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc who accepted ETF’s request for exchanging views on the current and future European transport policy.
The meeting, organised on 3 February 2015, was an excellent occasion to open a dialogue with the newly appointed Commissioner. Mrs Bulc, in office for less than three months, welcomed ETF’s offer to learn about the priorities European transport unions have identified for this mandate and beyond.
Commissioner Bulc stated: “Involving and consulting all stakeholders will remain one of the European Commission’s corner stones in developing European policy, and that will be no different for transport. I very much welcome ETF’s initiative to exchange views on the dossiers at hand and raise with me the trade unions’ concerns and I look forward to continuing the dialogue.” Прочети още

Austrian visit in Sofia

After the visit of CITUB and FTTUB reps in Austria last December(see here), on 26th and 27th January the visit was returned. Our guests have also been trained within the international project for decent work. Doris Bauer is employed in a governmental organization leading social projects and Harald Obenhaus is a TU activist working in a company for new generation automotive and railway parts.
In the morning of 27.01., the guests visited the headquarters of FTTUB. They have been acquainted with the activities of the Federation on various projects. Ms. Serkedjieva, Director of VTC, presented the FTTUB trainings – both professional and trade union ones. Important trade union issues were discussed, including how to work on through trainings and projects at national and international level.
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A new partnership start

On 23 January 2015, a new partnership start has been officially set up by the signing of a CBA for the employees of Executive Agency Maritime Administration. At a sectoral level, a meaningful and fruitful dialogue between the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria and government agency has longtime been established, but this is the first contract at the level of trade union organization. It is meant to be next step in the development of effective cooperation.

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Successful ending of the Transport Operational Program

That what is expected – as clarified on 22 January at MTITC annual meeting of the Operational Programme “Transport” 2007 – 2013. In the hall “Musala” of the “Hilton” hotel in Sofia, in the presence of the media and representatives of all stakeholders, including FTTUB as a member of the Supervisory Board on the program, Minister Moscowski summed what has been made so far and expressed hope that, by the end of the year, all projects will be completed and funds utilized at 100% . The 1.5 billion leva already paid are 71% of them. The delay, due mainly to heavy expropriation procedures and archaeological works, is expected to be overcome. Прочети още

General assembly of TUTS

On January 22, 2015 as a result of perfect preparation was held a general assembly of the Trade union of the technical staff in “Lufthansa Technik” Sofia Ltd (TUTS). The meeting was attended by the majority of the union members. TUTS is the youngest affiliate of the Federation of transport trade unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB). Set up in early October 2014, the organization was later presented formally to the management of the company by Ekaterina Yordanova, President of FTTUB. Прочети още

World ‘thank you’ day

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Today we celebrate the world day for expressing our gratitude.’Thank you’ is one of the most basic words but also the shortest way to one’s heart. We’d like to thank everybody who helped us throughout 2014; every single member of the FTTUB family, for putting their faith in us and supporting us; and every single transport worker for working day and night to keep us connected and our world – mobile. Let this new year bring us many more occasions for gratitude and heart-warming emotions!

European social partner project “Social Dialogue in the Railway Sector in Western Balkan Countries”

The European social partners of the railway sector, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) initiated this project to support the social dialogue in the member states and candidate countries in the Western Balkan region. This project reinforced the impact and visibility of European social dialogue outcomes in the railway sector in the Western Balkan countries. The measures strengthened the capacity of social partners of the target countries Прочети още

Austria shares its example of decent work

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From 15 to 17.12.2014g. Mila Nikolova – FTTUB expert and Martin Ivanov from the CITUB visited Austria as last phase of a Confederation’s training in decent work, part of a joint international project. There, in the rich and full of meetings program, they met trainers and participants in the same training; visited labor unions, public structures, infrastructure projects and sites related to transport, in response to the interest shown by FTTUB.
During the first day the guests were given a brief presentation of the structure and way of conducting social dialogue, in which Austria differs from the other European countries. Прочети още