World tourism day

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27 September, World tourism day, was celebrated within FTTUB by the president Ekaterina Yordanova and the branch representative and member of the Managing Body Iskra Tsakova. On the kind invitation of the “Tourism” municipal enterprise they took part in the event organized by the Bulgarian Tour Operators and Travel Agencies Association. It took place at the Military History Museum, one of the most emblematic Sofia landmarks.

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In her capacity of city councilor, Ekaterina Yordanova greeted the audience on behalf of the Municipal Council of Sofia wishing them all prosperity and better lives.

“Tourism is one of the sectors on which Bulgaria and Sofia need to focus their attention, while developing it with care for the preservation and representation of Bulgarian authenticity. We have so much to share with the world: our cultural and historical heritage, our natural beauties, our traditions. And it is exactly through tourism that we can bring Bulgaria closer to the hearts and minds of people worldwide. We have seen it happen during the 43rd congress of the International Transport Federation (ITF) in Sofia, when we shared the best of Bulgaria with almost 2000 delegates from all corners of the world, and they carry it in their hearts ever since.” – commented Ekaterina Yordanova.

FTTUB sends greetings to our partners in tourism and our newest members at ‘Travel Time Bulgaria’, with our best wishes for successful days.

New era in social partnership in Bulgaria

A historic event for Bulgaria was launched on 24 September 2015 – the national campaign “Business in light for a better future” of the Confederation of the Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) and the Confederation of the Employers and the Industrialists in Bulgaria (CRIB).
The initiative had been started in Burgas and Varna, and finally, on 25 September in hotel “Marinella”, it was presented to the public in the capital by the presidents of both organizations. The joint crusade of employers and trade unions against gray economy was supported by the authorities – governmental and local, as well as by the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA). The meeting was honoured with the presence of the Minister of Finance Vl. Goranov and N. Angelkova – Minister of Tourism, one of the “shadiest” sectors of Bulgarian economy. They all expressed their points of view, their parts in the initiative and their ideas for action against this sensitive issue.

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The program for transportation – the final stage

Just a few months before the end of the year and thus, of the Operational Program “Transport” 2007 – 2013 (+2), on 24 September 2015 an informative meeting was held in the hotel “Balkan”, Sofia. Management body and state agencies reported the results to the general public – MPs, stakeholders, guests and media. They also expressed their expectation that by the end of the year, the absorption of the available European funds will reach almost 100%.
In his address Minister Moskovski pointed out that even now, having disbursed over 75%, Bulgaria is ahead of a number of European countries. All projects will be completed, he also promised.

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Again, it was reported that the period 2007 – 2013 did not start successfully; substantial progress was made after 2009. FTTUB became part of this process with the participation of President Ekaterina Yordanova as a member of the Monitoring Committee of the program.
Minister Lilyana Palova also greeted the participants of the meeting and said that although his colleague and her not always agreed, the undisputed success is common.
Eng. Galina Vasileva, deputy head of the Managing Authority presented the stage of the work on each priority axe and most importantly – the lessons learned from the difficulties so far. Evidently, the experience has been evaluated and converted into acting capacity. Everything possible has been done not to lose money and to realize the maximum of works.

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The same was reported by the state agencies and companies – contractors on the projects. They appreciated the role of the program to build capacity that was unknown to Bulgaria so far – in infrastructure, as well as in global level modern technologies. “Every station project is unique,” stated St. Bratoev, CEO of the “Metropolitan”. The underground of Sofia was the most successful project in this period which also allowed not losing a lot of European funds. The role of the human factor in the success of each project was also addressed.
FTTUB congratulated all the teams for the excellent cope with the enormous challenge and for creating sustainable jobs and highly qualified specialists. “Each of these projects makes us feel proud of our people, our country and our city” – commented Ekaterina Yordanova expressing the general mood.

The independence of Bulgaria

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Today, we celebrate the 107th anniversary of the official proclamation of Bulgaria’s independence. Let us live in dignity as Bulgarian and European citizens. And let us always uphold the principles of justice and independence in every aspect of our lives: personal, professional; within our unions and as active citizens! Happy Independence Day!

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

Meeting with Sofia automobile transport leaders and activists

On 11 September 2015, a meeting of the FTTUB president and experts with the management bodies of the three sections of the urban automobile transport company took place in the FTTUB offices. The president Ekaterina Yordanova presented the activities of the confederation – CITUB – on the next agreement of support for the Mayor of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova. In the summer, a working group was created who reviewed the last agreement outcomes and expressed satisfaction of the successful implementation of the commitments, the good overall social policy of the municipality and the best grade of social dialogue ever. FTTUB discussed and enriched the new agreement proposals list concerning the urban transport.
The discussion continued addressing the next municipal Social Dialogue Committee meeting on 15 September taking decisions on its agenda.

Global ITF campaign in support of sacked activists at Gdansk port

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A global campaign is being launched in support of Maciek Konopka and his colleagues at Deepwater Container Terminal (DCT) Gdansk as union-busting activity by management reaches new heights. Konopka has been sacked from his job at the terminal after 6 years of fixed term contracts, ostensibly because he is a visible and active member of ITF affiliate union NSZZ Solidarnosc. Прочети още

First victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways

The ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) is celebrating the first victory for staff rights at Qatar Airways (QR) after the airline admitted that it has removed its contractual pregnancy and marriage prohibitions. These demanded that anyone becoming pregnant had to notify management, at which point she would be likely to lose her job, and forbade marriage for five years (even after that time permission had to be sought to marry). Прочети още