European social partners for improving the quality of work in the railway sector

European social partners in railway transport, ETF and CER, launched a joint project “Promoting employment and quality of work in the European rail sector”, financed by the European Commission.

The aim of the project is to study the image, attractiveness, prospects and employment strategies in the sector, and contribute to identifying measures for building Прочети още

FTTUB: We will not tolerate the harassment of our union leaders

On Easter eve, the Executive Director of BDZ Holding (Bulgarian railways) Vladimir Vladimirov, unilaterally and without advance notice terminated the contract of the leader of our organization at the holding – Plamena Zhelyazkova. For the past five years, Plamena has been leading the organization of railway workers at BDZ Holding within the Railway Sectoral Trade Union (RSTU), Прочети още

We all need to stand up for our Right to strike

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On 18 February FTTUB will participate in the Global action day under the motto ‘Hands off our right to strike!’, organized by the International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC), International Transport workers’ Federation (ITF), Public Services International (PSI) and other international federations representing workers from various sectors.

ITUC has prepared an in-depth analysis of the legal grounds for the right to strike and the role of ILO, which can be read here. The right to strike has been guaranteed as every worker’s legal right ever since ILO’s Convention 87 was adopted back in 1948. Each state which has ratified an ILO convention is bound to observe its regulatioons. Regardless of this, for the last few years the employers have been questioning and undermining this key worker’s right and its legal foundations; and as of today, according to ITUC’s data, workers in 37 countries have been detained for protests or strike activities. Прочети още

Increasing share of women working in the rail sector

On 2 February 2015, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) published their second annual report on the development of women employment in the rail sector in Europe.

The results show that the average share of women working in the rail is increasing and currently stands at around 20%. The differences between countries remain high, with Lithuania employing the biggest Прочети още

European social partner project “Social Dialogue in the Railway Sector in Western Balkan Countries”

The European social partners of the railway sector, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) initiated this project to support the social dialogue in the member states and candidate countries in the Western Balkan region. This project reinforced the impact and visibility of European social dialogue outcomes in the railway sector in the Western Balkan countries. The measures strengthened the capacity of social partners of the target countries Прочети още

FTTUB will participate in the Advisory Committee for railway safety

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On 24th October at the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, representatives of Holding Bulgarian State Railways EAD and the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) presented their proposals for immediate, mid-term and long-term measures aimed at improving the work flow efficiency and the safety of transport in both companies to Minister Angelkova, Deputy minister Georgi Todorov, the management of Railway Administration Executive Agency (RAEA) and the managements of the nationally representative trade unions. Прочети още

European Rail workers protest the 4th Railway package

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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

FTTUB starts the ITF Action Week on a powerful note

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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