Bargaining for Equality – with a new energy


ETUC study conducted across Europe in the framework of the project “Collective bargaining for equality” reached its final stage – publication of results, conclusions and recommendations. Follow-up of an extensive survey and conferences in Paris, Stockholm, Sofia and Brussels and the closing one – in Vilnius, the analysis of Dr. Jane Pillinger is available to all trade unions here.

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One more bell started to ring at the “Bells” monument in Sofia


Today, 12th of August 2014, the world celebrates the International Youth Day recognized as such by the UN resolution voted in 1999. In furtherance of this event, young transport workers from 115 countries gathered at the “Bells” area where they put a specially crafted bell on behalf of the FTTUB Youth Committee. The event’s slogan was “Echo in the future”. Young people from every continent – delegates of their unions at the 43rd ITF congress, Ms. Sharan Burrow – General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Ms. Ekaterina Yordanova – President of the FTTUB and Ms. Veneta Serafimova – Sofia Municipal Council member participated for the bell’s installation.  Прочети още

Civil aviation representatives from all over the world mark 100th anniversary in Sofia

This year the world civil aviation marks the 100th anniversary of the first crossing of the air line between USA – Russia. A hydroplane transported on board passengers from the New to the Old world. This is the reason why today, a century later, workers in this sector celebrate the development of the most modern, preferred and fast growing means of transport worldwide.

Representatives from more than the 80 professions serving the industry, including pilots, cabin crew, airline technicians, dispatchers and ground staff from 115 countries will take part in the Evening of aviation at 22:30 h., at the thematic club NIGHT FLIGHT in Sofia. Under the thrill of emotions brought by  international dances (Bulgarian folk dances, Indian and Latin dances), as well as the performances of Elitsa and Stundji, aviators will celebrate not only their profession but also their calling.

Among the guests will be Captain Yanko Stoimenov in whose defense in 2013 all European and global pilot community stood up with the appeal: “No to the criminalization of the aviation accidents!”

The anniversary is part of the program of the 43rd Congress of the International Transport Federation (ITF), held in the capital, with the participation of 1,700 transport workers from all over the world.

In 2014 Bulgarian Civil Aviation commemorates its 67 anniversary and 102 years of the realization of first flight of Bulgarian aircraft.

‘This is my oath’ photo exhibition inaugurated


A day before the official opening of ITF 43rd Congress in Sofia, on Lovers’ Bridge near the National Palace of Culture the photo exhibit ‘This is my oath’ was opened.

The exposition is part of the joint activities of FTTUB’s Youth and Women’s Committees, supported by European Future Foundation, to eliminate violence against women at home, at work and in the society as a whole.By agreeing to become faces of the exhibition, FTTUB’s men, women and youth expressed their determination to turn into ambassadors of harmonious relations between genders. Прочети още

The first part of the ITF staff landed at Sofia airport!

Today, August 6th, the youth reporters of FTTUB welcomed at Sofia Airport the first group of participants in ITF 43rd Congress – the ITF stаff. Following an old Bulgarian tradition, each guest received a nosegay of geranium for luck, and best wishes for a successful congress. Dressed in their thematic outfits, the reporters symbolically represented one of the transport sectors within ITF, thus giving a nice surprise to the guests and instantly creating a friendly atmosphere.

Work-life reconciliation is a prerequisite for a well functioning society


A round table was held in CITUB on 1st August under the name “Young women and the reconciliation of their personal and work life in the public transport in Sofia”. The guests were: Ekaterina Yordanova, President of FTTUB-CITUB) and Sofia municipality councillor, Daniela Aleksieva, President of Youth forum XXI, Nadezhzda Angelska, Coordinator of “Programme Europe” in Sofia municipality and representatives of social partners, women employed in transport, youth and women organisations and networks and representatives from ISTUR-CITUB. The discussion engaged all stakeholders – employees and employers, NGOs, trade unions and local authorities, because of its great social importance.

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Flags of INconvenience: Europe must stop social dumping and flags of convenience in aviation

“Flags of convenience”, the scheme used in the maritime sector to seek laxer regulatory, taxation and labour regimes, is threatening the European aviation industry.A joint declaration signed by the group directly representing both employers and workers in the industry warns against the rise of this new development: airlines using “Flags of Convenience” (FoC) undercut fair competition in the sector, avoid many regulations and scorn the globe to exploit labour without European social rights and standards.

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Europe must stop social dumping and flags of convenience in civil aviation

Around 120 delegates have gathered on the 1st and the 2nd of July 2014 in Catania, Italy, to attend a two-day conference on the evolution of the aviation labour market since the introduction of low fares airlines. Scientific research has revealed that the arrival of low fares airlines has introduced social dumping practices in the European aviation sector. The conference organised by the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) demands that the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council stop these unfair practices and address the concerns of the workforce through the adoption of new specific legislation.
This conference is part of a wider EU funded project, which includes a scientific study that documents the impact of the new “flexible models” on employment in European civil aviation. The preliminary results have been presented by Professor Peter Turnbull (Cardiff University) and Dr Harvey Geraint (Birmingham University): “The data clearly illustrate the evolution in the civil aviation labour market that has increased the precariousness of work in the industry and altered the challenges facing trade unions”.

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