World Water Forum: Remunicipalisation!

Growing wave of cities ending privatisation and choosing public water services reaches 100  million people in 37 countries –
book launch in advance of World Water Forum

In the run-up to the 2015 World Water Forum in South Korea on April 12, Transnational Institute with four organisations including EPSUi have released new research on the growing wave of cities worldwide that are taking previously privatised water supply and sanitation services back under public control, in a process called remunicipalisation. Прочети още

12 April: International Aviation and Cosmonautics Day

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On April 12, 1961 at 9:07 a.m. Moscow time, ‘Vostok’ carrier rocket was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying Yuri Gagarin onboard. The spaceship ‘Vostok’ made a low-orbit turn around the Earth. The flight lasted for 1 hour 48 minutes but will always remain in history as the first cosmic flight of man. In 1968, the congress of the International Aviation sport Federation resolved to celebrate the day of 12 April as the World Aviation and Aeronautics Day.

FTTUB team would like to congratulate on their holiday all the men and women who work in the aviation industry:
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Faith, Hope, Love

If I speak in the languages of humans and angels but have no love, I have become a reverberating gong or a clashing cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can understand all secrets and every form of knowledge, and if I have absolute faith so as to move mountains but have no love, I am nothing.

Even if I give away everything that I have and sacrifice myself, but have no love, I gain nothing. Прочети още

Lan Express Workers go on strike at 00:00 hours on Thursday 9th April

  • 98.19% of Lan Express workers voted to strike, rejecting the almost zero wage increase offered by the largest airline in Latin America.
  • All areas related to maintenance, ramp and passenger assistance are likely to be affected and cause delays and flight cancellations across the country and international connections.
  • Latam Airlines has ongoing labour disputes which affect its operations and also its flights in Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.

In Chile workers voted to strike with record participation and a strong 98.19% vote as a sign of their indignation at what they described as a “shameful” offer by LATAM Airlines. The company’s proposal ignores the status of the workers and takes no responsibility for improving working conditions, instead preferring to keep a significant segment of the workforce below the poverty line. Прочети още

FTTUB present its trade union organization to the new management of Plovdiv Airport

On April 7, 2015 a team of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) visited the headquarters of Plovdiv Airport to formally present to the management of the company the newly created “Trade union of the security personnel” (TUSP).

The meeting, which lasted nearly two hours, was attended by Ekaterina Yordanova, President of FTTUB, Vladimir Shtarbanov, CEO of Plovdiv Airport, the leadership of the newly established trade union organization, headed by its chairman Nikolai Bozev and expert team of FTTUB. 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

Ryanair pulls staff and planes out of Marseille in row over contracts

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Michael O’Leary closes maintenance hub after authorities rule staff must be employed on French, not Irish, contracts.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, the unflinching king of cost-cutting, may finally have met his match in the strictness of French employment law. The Irish low-cost airline will close its only French base in Marseille this week in the latest round of a bitter war with French authorities.

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EASA with temporary recommendation for airlines after Germanwings flight 4U9525 accident

EASA publishes today a  temporary recommendation for airlines to ensure that at least two crew, including at least one qualified pilot, are in the flight crew compartment at all times of the flight. Airlines should re-assess the safety and security risks associated with a flight crew leaving the cockpit due to operational or physiological needs. Прочети още

FTTUB – a part of the joint efforts to settle the case with 14 Ukrainian sailors in distress detained in Varna lake

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On 16 March 2015 the Inspectorate of the International Transport Federation (ITF) to which the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria (FTTUB) is an affiliate, received a signal of distress by Ukrainian sailors from “Asian Dream” ship. Their salaries have not been paid for more than 3 months. Captain Dushin approached ITF for support after the ship became a “hostage” due to a breach of agreements and unpaid bills by her ship owners – Asian Dream Sniping Ltd and their authorized operator International Maritime Advisor and Management. ITF revealed that both companies are registered at one and the same address in Shanghai. The ship herself has been registered under Liberian flag and is currently detained in Varna lake. Прочети още