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

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.

Recommendations have been made in two directions: Прочети още

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.