European Rail workers protest the 4th Railway package


On October 8th, the so-called ‘political pillar’ of the 4th Railway package was debated at the meeting of European Transport Ministers in Luxembourg. They had to discuss the Commission’s proposal for market opening of national rail passenger services, for submitting all rail passenger public services to competitive tendering and for further restrictions and splitting up integrated railway companies.
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) organised a protest action Прочети още

Standing together for rail freight

IMG_8349 1Today, October 8th, Holding BDZ EAD hosted a social partners’ meeting initiated by FTTUB. The goal was the signing of the so-called Mannheim declaration – a joint declaration of the European social partners to support the development of rail freight. By this act the management of the enterprise in the face of Mr. Krastev, CEO of the holding company, and Mr. Droumev, manager of the rail freight company from one side, and the President of FTTUB  Ek. Yordanova with the leaders of the other unions – party to the CLA from the other, joined the call for the European institutions to urgently develop a plan for justice and growth of rail freight in Europe and to increase the competitiveness of the sector after its long neglect. Прочети още

Memorandum for cooperation in public transport


On 7th October, the World Day for Decent Work, and as part of the ITF Action Week activities in support of road transport, by an initiative of FTTUB at the offices of Sofia Municipality a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between FTTUB, as a member of ITF, and Sofia Municipality and the two municipal transport companies ‘Urban Mobility Centre’ and ‘Electrotransport’, as members of the International Association for Public Transport (UITP). Прочети още

FTTUB starts the ITF Action Week on a powerful note


Оn 6th October FTTUB kicked off its ITF Action Week activities with a successful meeting at the Ministry of Transport, Information technologies and Communications. FTTUB’s delegation featured Ekaterina Yordanova, President FTTUB; Daniela Zlatkova, Executive Secretary FTTUB, Road transport and Railways expert; Antonia Panayotova, Civil aviation expert; Mila Nikolova, Water transport expert; Sasho Aleksov, chairman of BRU at NRIC and BSR, and Ivelina Kachakova, member of the Executive Board of ETF Civil Aviation section. Minister Nikolina Angelkova participated Прочети още

Act now


From 6th to 12 Oct the annual ITF Action Week 2014 will take place. While it is primarily focused on rail and road transport, it also includes the World Day for Decent Work (7 Oct) and the day devoted to the specific topic of Containers Safety – 9 Oct. On this day, the two sections actions will be joined by their colleagues from two others, who also work with containers – ports and maritime transport. Many events are foreseen that will be presented every day on the site. Прочети още

ETF with a clear stand on the future of European aviation

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 9.48.07 AMAfter an intensive week of meetings and discussions, the Cabin Crew Committee of the ETF’s Civil Aviation Section announced its position on some vital issues related to the current and future state of European aviation.
There have been a number of proposals looking at the future of the Basic Regulation (216/2008) and EASA’s (European Aviation Safety Agency) remit. Shortly after the proposal for an amendment to this Regulation in the field of aerodromes, air traffic management and air navigation services (2013/0187 – COD), the European Commission and EASA launched two parallel consultations on the potential of further amendments to this Regulation.
The European Transport Worker’s Federation (ETF) is of the opinion that these consultations should not be used to withdraw the EASA part of the SES2+ initiative when the main issues with SES2+ (externalisation, application of market principles and forced structural separation between air navigation service providers and national authorities) remain untouched. Прочети още

Upcoming projects in urban transport

On 25th September 2014 the Urban transport working group within ETF Road transport Social Dialogue committee met in Brussels. FTTUB was represented by its Executive Secretary Daniela Zlatkova. Given the expectation for the European Commission to approve an independent social dialogue committee for Urban transport, special attention was paid to the work program of the Committee for the period 2015-2019. A number of proposals for joint projects were discussed. After a long and heated debate  Прочети още

ITF: Act now to support #DHLDelhi4


Workers at DHL India have been suspended from work and transferred hundreds of miles away from their families apparently as punishment for their trade union activities.
Sunil, Mahender, Kalyan and Sanjay need our support now.
Workers in Delhi are staging a Dharna (sit in) this Sunday. To coincide, ITF is launching two weeks of virtual Dharna. Here’s what you can do to support: Прочети още

European Day of Languages


Since 2001, declared the European Year of Languages, by decision of the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe the week around September 26 is used annually to celebrate and promote multilingualism in Europe. Our continent is rich in languages: the european ones alone number over 200, and in addition we have the many languages of those Europeans whose roots are from other continents.Functioning and the communication of the EU institutions with the citizens of individual states would be impossible without the recognition and maintenance of linguistic diversity.
For us as trade unionists in the global corporate world, the ability to “speak the same language” Прочети още