Celebrating International Volunteer Day

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On December 5, the International Volunteer Day, FTTUB and the “European future” foundation paid tribute to volunteerism by awarding honorary diplomas and certificates to their volunteers who actively participated in the activities and the events of the two organisations. The ceremony was held on the beautiful site of Sofia History Museum. Nadezhda Staneva was leading the event.
FTTUB President Ekaterina Yordanova welcomed the participants with the words: “You are probably wondering how come unions, which preach that each work should be rewarded fairly, develop volunteering. Union membership and trade union activity in their own way are volunteerism. They mean personal time and effort sacrificed in the name of common good and excellence for all. Volunteerism is in the heart of trade unionism. ”
Yordanova recalled that last year FTTUB and the “European future” foundation, with the invaluable support of Sofia Municipality and Karlovo Municipality, organized and realized a number of initiatives. Прочети още

Seventh congress of NTU “Water Supply” – CITUB

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On 3 December 2015 was held the seventh congress of NTU “Water Supply ” – CITUB, entitled ” Reliable, strong , unforgiving – decent work and pay”
Official guests of the event were the Deputy Minister of the Regional Development and Public Works Nikolay Nankov and presidents of federations and unions – key members of the Confederation , among them the President of FTTUB Ekaterina Yordanova . Прочети още

Congress days in Paris: Day four (final)

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This day was devoted to organizational issues and to introspection. In this day the results of the elections for a new leadership of the ETUC were announced (for more information, see the ETUC website). The new President’s name is Rudy De Leeuw, Belgium and the new Secretary General is Luke Visentini, Italy. After the announcement of the results, he launched a debate on the role of the ETUC in which leaders of affiliate national unions expressed their views. Among them was the President of CITUB Plamen Dimitrov. A declaration was adopted as the basis for the future action plan.
The Congress was officially closed with applause and music.
The Executive Committee met to elect a new Steering Group and two vice presidents.
The day ended with a press conference at which the ETUC reported the Congress outcomes to the media and the general public.
Here is the Bulgarian report: during the next four-year period our country will be represented in the Executive Committee – the ETUC’s decision-making body, by Plamen Dimitrov, President of CITUB, Dimitar Manolov, president of CL “Podkrepa” and Ekaterina Yordanova, President of FTTUB !

Congress days in Paris: Day two

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The beginning of the second day was dedicated to another important topic – the women participation and representation in union governance. Struggling for equality, trade unions should start from themselves. An ETUC resolution on this issue was adopted. The President of FTTUB and Vice President of the Women’s Committee of ETUC Ekaterina Yordanova was among the official guests on the stage. She is an inspirational example of fruitful career and successful implementation of the gender balance principle in practice within the FTTUB. Прочети още

13th Congress of the ETUC

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Today in Paris starts the 13th Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). It will be attended by nearly 500 voting delegates and another 200 without the right to vote, representing 90 national trade unions from 40 countries. They will be joined by reps of 10 more federations and other trade union structures. The discussions, brought together in four main panels will continue four days. The Congress will vote the Theme Paris Manifesto, the new Working Programme 2015 – 2019 and some resolutions. Elections will be held for a new President, Secretary General, 2 deputies, 4 Confederate Secretaries and 5 auditors. Прочети още

Meeting of the CITUB and the World Bank

On 25 September, the Confederation of the Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria hosted a formal meeting with the Permanent Representative of the World Bank in Bulgaria Tony Thompson in a time when our country expects its detailed analysis of the state of the economy. Brief overview of key data and conclusions was presented by Mr. Thompson in his presentation “Bulgaria’s potential for sustainable growth and shared prosperity.” It outlined the parameters of development, which obviously the World Bank considers advisable.

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Unforgettable words, unforgettable days

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“The 43
rd Congress in Sofia was the most powerful Congress of the International Transport Federation (ITF), which I have seen, and I have seen a lot!”. With these words Stuart Howard, Assistant General Secretary of the ITF, thanked in his speech FTTUB and its volunteers for the excellent organization and hosting of the Congress. Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the world federation, shared the same emotions during his visit to Sofia last autumn. Now, during the seminar for the Congress volunteers  Прочети още