Gender balance in business – break the glass ceiling

DSC03573On March 7, at the Bulgarian Industrial Association / BIA / premises was held a panel discussion titled “Gender Balance in business – to break the glass ceiling.” Major issues related to equality between women and men in the economy and society were presented in discussion.
The event gathered representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy / MLSP / Ministry of Economy, social partners and national NGOs. It was attended by Ekaterina Yordanova – President of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria and vice-president of the European Trade Union Confederation’s Women’s Committee.
Ekaterina Yordanova addressed one of the key issues – the participation of women in decision-making process at national, European and international level. Прочети още

Break the “glass walls”!

On International Women’s Day, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) calls on men and women to break the glass walls that segregate the sexes in different occupations at work – and reach more gender equality in the labour market.
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Women continue to be held back:
• not only by glass ceilings that stop them rising up the work hierarchy,
• but also by glass walls that segregate women into particular jobs and shut them out of others. Прочети още

138 years since the Liberation of Bulgaria

In the heroic thirteen-century-year-long history of the Bulgarian people the Shipka Pass in the Balkan Mountains occupies a special place both geographically and historically.
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​The war, just like any other war, brought to the winners the glory of the victory and the embitterment of temporary defeat. Shipka brings together those two things. The ruins of its fortresses had been the barriers to numerous raids. In this war all Shipka highlands became unconquerable fortresses.​ Прочети още

TRAN Committee improves PSR but ETF stays vigilant on several fronts

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Today, 25 January 2016, the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN Committee) adopted its report on the so-called Port Service Regulation (PSR). This legislative proposal is crucial for the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) as it touches upon several groups of workers represented by the Federation, especially in tugs and cargo-handling.

The rapporteur, Knut Fleckenstein has done a huge work trying to balance the text according to the points of view expressed by the relevant stakeholders,” said ETF Dockers’ Section vice-chair, Torben Seebold. “We had asked the TRAN Committee to be more ambitious on social articles, but we believe that the PSR resulting from this vote presents several improvements compared to the original text,” he added.

We are particularly pleased that the EP rejected the market access elements”, Seebold continued. “This is the third time: hopefully the lesson has been learnt and no similar proposals will come up in the future. The new article 10.a, on which we could find an agreement with FEPORT, is a good step forward.  We are, however, very concerned about ongoing attempts to dismantle port labour schemes. We are not going to stare at the precarisation of our jobs and the worsening of our working conditions: when dialogue falls short, international solidarity is ready to be implemented” he concluded.

A positive element for the ETF is also the exclusion of pilotage and the recognition of its fundamental role for safety.

Voicing the unions representing workers in tugs, Jean-Philippe Chateil from ETF French affiliate FOMM UGICT CGT declared “The initial text was very worrying because of its potential negative impact on existing social standards in the tug sector in some EU countries. A joint effort was made at institutional level to listen to our concerns’. He added ‘Satisfactory solutions could be found to avoid opening the door to social dumping. More political courage would have been needed on some aspects, notably on transfer of staff, as not all EU countries have legislation protecting workers’ rights when the tug operator is replaced”.

We’ll do all we can to make sure that the enhancements are kept by the Plenary and by the upcoming three-way negotiations and that further improvements are introduced,” concluded Livia Spera, ETF Political Secretary for Dockers.

For more information go to: http://www.etf-europe.org/etf-3642.cfm

International Women’s Day 2016 – 8th March

International Women’s Day is recognised, celebrated and supported by thousands of organisations and millions of individuals across the world. For the ITF family it is about helping to secure rights for women, and raise their visibility and participation in the union movement and the transport industry. It’s an opportunity for unions all over the world – men and women – to stand together and shine a light on the issues facing women transport workers in every sector and to take actions and fight for justice and equality. Прочети още

ETF RESPONSE TO THE ‘AVIATION STRATEGY FOR EUROPE’

On 19 January 2016, the Civil Aviation Section of the European Transport Workers’ Federation adopted its Response to the ‘Aviation Strategy for Europe’ presented by the European Commission in December 2015. The document reiterates the message sent by the ETF shortly after the Strategy was published.

Despite the fact that aviation is a strong driver of economic growth, jobs offered in recent years are often outsourced, poorly paid and the precariousness of work in aviation has increased. There is a need for a holistic strategy linking growth, quality jobs, environment, development and a progressive social perspective. The ETF response further outlines the ETF vision for the future EU aviation combining safety, security, fair competition, fair working conditions and social rights with fight against social dumping and abuse of free movement and freedom of establishment. Прочети още

Ground Handling Social Dialogue Support

On 14 January 2016 in Brussels was held the kick-off meeting of the Steering Committee for the joint project of the European social partners in aviation “Ground Handling Social Dialogue Support”. The meeting was attended by Antonia Panayotova, International Relations and Civil Aviation expert, who is a member of the SC and represents FTTUB in the European Transport Workers’ Federation project team (ETF).

At the plenary meeting of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Civil Aviation on 28 May 2015 the European social partners have decided to submit a joint project under the budget heading 04.03.01.08 “Industrial Relations and social dialogue”. Прочети още

A message from the president and general secretary of the ITF

We would like to wish transport workers all over the world a very happy New Year. We hope you have had a peaceful festive season and the break has been a chance for members, staff and officers to regroup, to renew commitments and to gather collective strength for the challenges that lie ahead in 2016.
2015 was a year of great successes for the ITF nationally, regionally and globally (see our 2015 review for more on this). Прочети още

European Commission vs. European Community?

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On December 16, at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) the FTTUB president Ekaterina Yordanova, vice president of the ETUC Women’s Committee, took the floor to present to her colleagues the difficulties that the European Parliament (EP), the Council of Ministers, trade unions and civil society organizations from across Europe suddenly faced, expecting from the European Commission (EC) a new Strategy for gender equality. The present one expires at the end of the year. EC insists to address the issue of inequality through a staff working document. Прочети още