Vitosha metro station has been opened

2016-07-20 12.13.19A greeting speech of the Sofia Mayor Fandakova gave start to the opening ceremony of the metro station “Vitosha” yesterday, July 20th. She welcomed union representatives too. On the St Ilia’s day the newly built feature was celebrated with a traditional Christian ritual of inauguration and at 2 PM the regular traffic started. But the first train entered the station and stopped in it while it was presented to the official guests.
Among them were the prime minister, the ministers of transport, finance, culture, the representative of the European Commission in Bulgaria, National Assembly deputies and municipal councilors, including, of course, the chairman of the Metropolitan Committee for Transport and Tourism Ekaterina Yordanova. Both with her colleague Mr. Barbalov, Vice – Mayor and Chairman of the Finance Committee, they received special thanks from Mayor Yordanka Fandakova. She stressed that the project would not be carried out without the assistance of the government, the EC and the structural funds, but also without the people who worked on it – employees of the metropolitan Metropolitan headed by the Executive Director Eng. Bratoev, designers and builders. Some of them were rewarded for their excellent, efficient and timely completed work. The Prime Minister Borisov joined the congratulations. Прочети още

Bulgarian input to the ETUC project “Safe at Home, Safe at Work”

Violence against women in the workplace and the acts of domestic violence with all their impact on working life are the two main focus areas of the research within the project of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) “Safe at Home, Safe at work”. The President of FTTUB Ekaterina Yordanova, vice president of the ETUC Women’s Committee is a member of the steering group once again. The project covers 11 EU countries and Bulgaria is one of them.

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From July 6th to 9th, the independent researcher of the project Jane Pillinger held a series of meetings in Sofia. Прочети още

EU AVIATION SOCIAL DIALOGUE ADOPTS ITS WORK PROGRAMME 2016 – 2018

On Thursday 16 June 2016, the EU Social Partners in aviation met for the yearly plenary meeting of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee. The Committee is currently chaired by Michael Collins (ETF, workers’ side) and the Vice Chair is Emmanuel Jahan (AEA, employers’ side). During this meeting, the Committee discussed and adopted its work programme for 2016 – 2018.13466240_1209617989079175_7788149660345680172_n

In terms of general priorities, it has been decided to strengthen the social agenda and ensure fair aviation, at EU and global levels, in the context of the Commission’s “Aviation Strategy for Europe”, to follow and support the consensus points and actions agreed at the ILO Global Dialogue Forum in 2013, start dialogue on violence at work and air quality in aviation. Прочети още

The Fifth National Sports Festival of Transport Workers has finished

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The worker-athletes from TSV are the winners in the Fifth National Sports Festival of Transport Workers, which took place from 15 to 18 June at the “Albena” resort. TSV won the competition with a total score of 69 points from team performances – by regulation only they bring points for the team. The second place went to the participants from Port Varna with an aggregate of 58 points and on the third one is the Urban Mobility Centre – Sofia with 51 points. Прочети още

ETF DEMANDS SOCIAL DIALOGUE IN AVIAPARTNER

On Tuesday 14 June 2016, members of the European Transport Workers’ Federation’s
(ETF) Ground Staff Committee, including delegates from Belgian ETF affiliates ACV
Transcom, BTB and CGSLB, gathered in front of Aviapartner’s headquarters in
Zaventem to denounce the lack of social dialogue within the company and to urge the
management to meet its legal obligations in that regard.
On numerous occasions the ETF and its affiliated unions approached Aviapartner’s top
management to address the company’s deplorable industrial relations. Aviapartner
management neither informs nor consults the unions on the company’s economic
situation, structure of employment or decisions that most likely lead to substantial
changes. It is a clear violation of their legal obligation under EU legislation. In some
countries local management has gone as far as organising direct information sessions
for individual workers thereby circumventing the role of workers’ representatives.
Robert Hengster, Chair of the ETF Ground Staff Committee, commented: “It is a
disgrace to see that a multinational company operating in several EU member states
deliberately ignores its information and consultation obligations vis-à-vis its staff. We
call upon Aviapartner to live up to the company values that they publicly advertise
(strong team spirit, dialogue, mutual respect, etc).” Прочети още

“NO” to Sofia Airport concession

On June 6, 2016 at the Museum of Aviation at Sofia Airport was held a meeting of the employees, organized by the Trade unions affiliated to FTTUB and “Podkrepa”. There was a single point on the agenda – Discussion of the upcoming concession of Sofia airport. Ekaterina Yordanova, President of FTTUB and an expert team of the Union also attended the meeting as guests.

The social tension at Sofia Airport is palpable and it has been constantly growing with regard to the formal decision of its concession, officially announced by the Government on 17 May 2016 and especially with the formal opening of the procedure on 2 June 2016 – when the documentation which is already available to potential candidates has been published on the site of the Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications.

Very emotional speeches sounded at the meeting. Employees heatedly discussed various ways in which they could legitimately express their opposition to the idea of granting a concession of a profitable venture, which is one of the most valuable state assets and is also one of strategic importance.

We remind that at the trade union meeting in November 2015, Ekaterina Yordanova expressed FTTUB principal disagreement with the idea of funding an indebted enterprise with the profits from a successful and gainful venture and declared their determination to defend workers’ jobs and the future of the company. FTTUB firmly believes that the problems of Bulgarian State Railways accumulated during the management of a number of governments, should be a commitment of the state and all political forces rather than seeking resources only in the transport system to deal with them.

It was decided that  another letter should be written on behalf of the trade unions to the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Minister of Transport.

Along with that, a subsequent meeting has been scheduled for June 20, at which to plan the specifics of various protest events and to announce a date for their begging.

Employees unanimously united against the concession of Sofia Airport, especially at a time when there are only three installments of the loan from the European Investment Bank left and the Airport has already fully repaid the loan to the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development.

 

Final conference of the “Social conditions in UPT” project

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Social conditions must be developed both through collective bargaining and as official social policy and they should go hand in hand – that was the point in the speech of the European Commission representative Sigried Caspar at the final conference of the European social partners’ project on social conditions in public transport. It was held in Brussels on May 31 this year. The event was attended by FTTUB trade union leaders from the four metropolitan companies – SUMC, “Sofia Electrotransport”, “Sofia avtotransport” and “Metropolitan” – B.Danchev, E.Ivanova, N.Naydenov and T.Pachkova.

At the conference, the performed project study was presented as well as examples from Germany, France, Austria and Bulgaria. Прочети още

Airport workers unite for justice and safety tomorrow

May 31, 2016

Airport workers will unite across borders tomorrow, 1 June, to deliver the message that while airlines and airports are getting richer their workers are being paid less, worked more, and having their job security torn away. Workers will be flying banners and leafleting in over 30 airports around the world to deliver their message – supported by a new research report – to the public and to the members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), whose AGM begins tomorrow.

The research (http://goo.gl/XB4Uy7) shows that although the global airline industry is expected to make record profits of USD36.3 billion this year, airlines have created a race to the bottom, putting airport workers, safety and the quality of services under pressure.

The report is being released by a new union group called Airports United, which is determined to secure economic justice and job security for those helping build the industry’s success.

International Transport Workers’ Federation general secretary Steve Cotton applauded the new group. He stated: “Airports United is made up of the workers who are the backbone of this successful world industry. In return they’re being worked harder, for less, without job security. Прочети още