Congress days in Paris: Day two


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.

The day continued with a discussion on the first of the three pillars of the ETUC programme 2015 – 2019 which is to be adopted at the Congress. It is called “A strong economy for all workers.” The pillar was presented by Jozef Niemiec, Deputy General Secretary of the ETUC. Present at the discussion, titled “Quality jobs for all”, was the Director General of the ETUC social partner BuisnessEurope Marcus Beyrer. The audience was addressed by Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organisation. He came to Sofia last year for the opening of the 43rd Congress of the ITF. That was his first visit in Sofia as head of the prestigious organization of the United Nations.
The afternoon began with a discussion of the second pillar of the program: “Stronger unions for democratic values and workplace democracy” presented by Patrick Itschert, Deputy Secretary – General of the ETUC. European Works Councils were discussed with the facilitation of Claudia Menne, Confederal Secretary. The members of FTTUB know her from the seminar in Sofia within the ETUC project “Bargaining for equality”. Ekaterina Yordanova was its Steering Committee member.
Social dialogue was also in the spotlight during a discussion led by Patrick Itschert which guest was Victor Baez, General Secretary of the Trade Unions Confederation of the Americas.
At the end of the day ETF presented the European Civil Initiative “Fair transport” which aims at the adoption of legislative and non-legislative measures for better quality of services and jobs in the European transport. Bulgaria is one of the seven countries – initiators through FTTUB.