EC Women in Transport conference

P031427000602-634341“I am proud of being a woman,” declared the EU Commissioner for transport Violeta Bulc at the one-day conference “Women in Transport” organized by the European Commission on April 21 this year in Brussels. The participants were also addressed by Ines Ayala Sender, member of the Transport Committee of the European Parliament. Besides institutions, representatives of social partners, NGOs, research and marketing environments took part to the event. On behalf of FTTUB there were Daniela Zlatkova, member of the Women’s Committee of the European Transport Workers Federation and Mila Nikolova, expert on gender equality policies.

The conference discussed the conclusions of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) official opinion “Women and Transport”, Прочети още


Despite massive opposition both from the United States and Europe, the US Department of Transport (DOT) issued last Friday an order that would tentatively grant Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit, unless disapproved by the President of the United States. The international Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), representing the interests of aviation workers Europe-wide and globally, strongly deplore this decision threatening thousands of jobs and call upon the US President Obama and Secretary of Transportation Foxx to reverse this order. Прочети още

ETF Women`s Committee has started discussing its future priorities

2016-04-12 13.50.45On 12 and 13 April 2016 in Bucharest a Women’s Conference of European Transport Federation was held within the project “FITE – Fair and Inclusive Transport in Europe”. One of the main objectives of the project is to encourage women’s participation in the transport sector through fair and attractive working conditions.

The conference was attended by the president of FTTUB – Ekaterina Yordanova, Daniela Zlatkova – member of the ETF Women`s Committee, Milka Kostova – Vice – president of the FTTUB Women`s Committee, Plamena Zhelyazkova -sectoral representative in the Youth Committee and Mila Nikolova – expert on gender equality and Political Secretary of the FTTUB Women`s Committee.

As a vice president of ETF, Ms. Yordanova welcomed the participants of the conference. She emphasized its importance by pointing out Прочети още

Action week of river cruise transport

On 4 April in Amsterdam started the action week of the river cruise transport  in Europe. It is organized by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its regional division – European Transport Federation (ETF). The two trade union structures are joining forces through their project “River cruise” aiming to protect workers in this sector and their working and living conditions. The specifics of work in inland navigation puts an equal sign between those two terms, as these employees practically live in their spare time on board – sometimes for months. Прочети още

Equality between all modes of transport


The state policy of equal opportunities for development for all modes of transport was the subject of a scientific conference in Sofia, which took place on March 31. The conference was organized by the Scientific and Technical Union for Transport, the Federation of Scientific Unions in Bulgaria and the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications. The event was attended by representatives of FTTUB headed by the president of the federation Ekaterina Yordanova, who greeted the participants. Прочети още

ETF Solidarity message following the terrorist attacks in Brussels

Brussels, 22 March 2016

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the ETF affiliates I want to convey our solidarity with the Belgian population, the Belgian ETF affiliates and all those directly and indirectly affected by the terrorist attacks in Brussels today, 22 March 201 6. The ETF Secretariat also expresses its warm gratitude for the numerous messages of solidarity and support it has received and confirms all colleagues are safe and unharmed. Our first thoughts and deepest sympathy go to the families, friends and colleagues of the people who died or got injured in the Brussels bombings aiming for no more than to continue spreading fear and division and to destabilise our societies. The ETF condemns in the strongest terms any act of terrorism hitting innocent lives with the sole goal to induce a worldwide escalation of violence and a downfall of respect for human and civil rights. We call upon all people worldwide, and in particular working men and women and their trade unions, not to allow such marginal groups of extremists to stir up feelings of racism and hatred in our societies. The contrary, such barbaric events need to strengthen our believe in the core values of democracy and justice. The ETF and its members offer all help and sympathy to those impacted by these dreadful acts of terrorism.

In solidarity,

Eduardo CHAGAS

ETF General Secretary

ITF statements of solidarity following Belgium terror attacks

To our colleagues in Belgium,

Today your country and its people were attacked by terrorists who targeted the users and workers of your nation’s transport systems. The attacks were cruel, deplorable and abhorrent to anyone who believes in decency, humanity and justice.

I can assure you that all of us throughout the ITF global family are shocked by these outrages, and ready to stand in sympathy and solidarity with those workers, passengers, citizens and visitors who have been affected, as well as with their families.

These killings and this attempt to intimidate the people of Belgium are the antithesis of everything you and we stand for and hold dear. We are ready to help in any way we can.

In solidarity, yours,
Steve Cotton
ITF general secretary

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Please relay our deepest sympathies for those killed and maimed in the last round of terrorism in Brussels and our solidarity to all of the Belgian and Brussels community and labour movement at this time of  such great grief and trauma

Mass transport systems have again been a target of terrorism and we also reach out to all Belgian transport workers with empathy and wholehearted support in the hope and knowledge they will continue to deliver the essential support services that keep our modern lives functional and secure

This latest appalling round of violence and dysfunction against ordinary working women and men only makes our International Transport Workers Federation and the international labour movement more determined to achieve a just ,equitable and long term political economic industrial and social reconciliation based on genuine and cooperative engagement regardless of race religion gender or age.

The courage of the Belgian people in the face of this tragedy can only galvanize us in the wider trade union movement to search more deeply for long term solutions based on justice equity sustainability and accountability

Again, our deepest sympathies, most heartfelt empathy and solidarity at this most grievous time to all our Belgian brothers and sisters from Steve Cotton General Secretary, the Executive Board and all affiliates of the ITF

Sincerely and in unity
Paddy Crumlin
ITF President

Conference of the EU social partners in fisheries the Social Dialogue Committee

On March 17 and 18, a conference on “Possibilities offered by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to support social dialogue in fisheries and the improvement of living and working conditions” took place in The Hague. The event was held within the project Towards a true socially sustainable EU Fishery: the contribution of EU social partners. It was attended by representatives of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee members – ETF and Europeche, the European Commission’s DG Mare and Farnet, DG Employment and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The conference was chaired by Cor Blonk in his double role of host as Chair of the SSDC and Dutchman.   Прочети още