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?


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

Sofia Airport with a new collective agreement for maximum term

On 8 December 2015, after nearly four months of hard work, the Trade Union of Sofia Airport /TUSA/ which is a key member of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria /FTTUB/ signed a new collective labour agreement with the management of the Company.
The bargaining procedure itself began on 18 August 2015 when the trade unions of FTTUB and “Podkrepa” at the airport formally presented their joint draft proposal for a new collective agreement to replace the one expiring on 19 November 2015. The new project proposed reasonable enhancement of some of the financial parameters and benefits for the airport workers. Прочети още

ECI Fair Transport Europe – our “Yes” to social justice in transport


On December 8, at the ETF premises in Brussels was held a meeting of national representatives in the collecting signatures campaign within ECI Fair transport Europe for social justice in transport. The meeting was attended by Eduardo Chagas, ETF General Secretary. The countries’ representatives reported activities and challenges. Best practices were identified in all seven steps of the campaign. The most important seems to be the clear message: for better transport services through quality employment – in all modes of transport and for all EU citizens in all members-states. Прочети още

Bulgaria said “Yes” on EU strategy for gender equality

After more than eight months of efforts and negotiations, the President of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB ) and Vice president of the Women’s Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Ekaterina Yordanova and her team achieved a positive result for the adoption and implementation of a Strategy for Gender Equality 2016 – 2019 , which would include specific commitments by each EU Member State. This became clear on December 7, at the Council of the European Union meeting of the labor ministers of the Member States. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Ivaylo Kalfin personally confirmed the agreement of Bulgaria for the establishment of  a new EU strategy.

To remind that in April 2015, in Brussels, a regular meeting of the Women’s Committee of the ETUC was held. There, Mrs. Yordanova addressed issues concerning specific measures for better results in the adoption of a Strategy for Gender Equality and was adamant that she needed more practically focused efforts and resources. Прочети още

Aviation strategy for Europe

The European Commission unveiled today its long-awaited Aviation Strategy for Europe. Commissioner Bulc presented the document to the press and members of the European Parliament TRAN Committee. The ETF team was present at both events.
While the ETF agrees on the need to have a comprehensive strategy integrating social aspects, safety and security, as well as measures to restore fair competition, we are dissatisfied by the lack of binding legislative proposals and actions in the social field. Прочети още

Aviation strategy for Europe: It is time for the Commission to deliver on social issues!

Press release from European Transport Workers’ Federation

On Monday 7 December 2015, the European Commission (EC) presented its long-awaited Aviation strategy for Europe. The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF), the largest European workers’ representative in civil aviation, agrees on the urgency for a comprehensive strategy integrating social aspects, safety and security, as well as measures to restore fair competition. However, the ETF is dissatisfied by the lack of binding legislative proposals and actions in the social field in the Commission strategy.

Aviation must retain its reputation as the safest mode of transport in Europe. However, the ETF is concerned about the uncritical approach vis-à-vis the so-called new business models, which often involve a lack of industrial relations, questionable forms of employment and outsourcing. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) admitted that precarious and atypical employment may have adverse effects on safety. Прочети още

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