Goal: To adopt legislative and non-legislative measures at European level meant to solve in a fair way the existing problems, create a level playing field in the sector and better quality of the transport services.
Methodology: Implementation of clearer rules and unified requirements, enhanced control measures and actions at European level against unfair competition in every field – social dumping, informal economy, bad business practices, letter box companies, “race” instead of integration of the different modes of transport.
Participants: The civil society in the EU; 7 member states, including Bulgaria, are the initiators, but the subscription is carried out in all countries. For more information about citizens’ initiatives aiming changes through direct democracy see the website of the European Commission. The specific proposals by sectors of the European Transport workers’ Federation may be found in a series of articles on this site.
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Brussels, 22 March 2016
On behalf of the ETF affiliates I want to convey our solidarity with the Belgian population, the Belgian ETF affiliates and all those directly and indirectly affected by the terrorist attacks in Brussels today, 22 March 201 6. The ETF Secretariat also expresses its warm gratitude for the numerous messages of solidarity and support it has received and confirms all colleagues are safe and unharmed. Our first thoughts and deepest sympathy go to the families, friends and colleagues of the people who died or got injured in the Brussels bombings aiming for no more than to continue spreading fear and division and to destabilise our societies. The ETF condemns in the strongest terms any act of terrorism hitting innocent lives with the sole goal to induce a worldwide escalation of violence and a downfall of respect for human and civil rights. We call upon all people worldwide, and in particular working men and women and their trade unions, not to allow such marginal groups of extremists to stir up feelings of racism and hatred in our societies. The contrary, such barbaric events need to strengthen our believe in the core values of democracy and justice. The ETF and its members offer all help and sympathy to those impacted by these dreadful acts of terrorism.
ETF General Secretary
On March 17 and 18, a conference on “Possibilities offered by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to support social dialogue in fisheries and the improvement of living and working conditions” took place in The Hague. The event was held within the project Towards a true socially sustainable EU Fishery: the contribution of EU social partners. It was attended by representatives of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee members – ETF and Europeche, the European Commission’s DG Mare and Farnet, DG Employment and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The conference was chaired by Cor Blonk in his double role of host as Chair of the SSDC and Dutchman. Прочети още
On Monday 14 March 2016 the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) signed a joint statement to promote sustainable urban mobility in Europe and promote quality working conditions in the urban public transport sector. Прочети още
On March 8, the FTTUB President Ekaterina Yordanova attended the Women’s Conference of the French confederation FGTE. She returned the visit from the FTTUB last year’s National Women’s Conference to Valerie Latron, international representative of the French Transport workers’ Federation FGTE. Прочети още
Consolidation and unity of positions – that was the message that came from both the CITUB’s President and the President of FTTUB Ekaterina Yordanova’s greeting speeches on the Seventh Congress of the URB on March 10 in Sofia. The event took place a day after the official signing of the collective agreements for the three state-owned railway companies – BDZ Holding, “Passenger transportation” and “Freight transportation”. At the signing ceremony, all parties highlighted the atmosphere of understanding and agreement during negotiations among stakeholders.
Organisations have even more reasons for consensus if they affiliate to the same confederation, especially when consolidation is part of its program. That was another point of unanimity between FTTUB and URB leaders.
In the same context, Yordanova stressed the importance of active participation in the initiatives of the European and global unions – our larger families. “World solidarity is a huge force in the protection of our human and trade union rights,” she said.
On March 8, in the FTTUB premises, a meeting gathered representatives of the Women’s Committee from Sofia trade unions. IWD was celebrated with an “ETF and ITF for women” presentation delivered by Daniela Zlatkova, member of the ETF WsC. On the eve of the ETF congress in 2017 and midterm period of the International Transport Federation, highlights from programs for women of both organizations have been recalled. The activities of FTTUB on the implementation of its program were also reviewed. Mila Nikolova, gender equality expert, presented the current agenda of themes and events in the field for 2016 at national, European and global level. In this context the participants discussed ideas for action within the FTTUB WsC. They will be proposed at the regular session of the FTTUB WsC next month.
Ahead of the European Commission ‘Week for Women Working in Transport’ and in the light of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) asks the legislator to address the real causes preventing women to take more jobs in this industry.
From 18 to 24 April the European Commission (EC) will launch the European Week for Women Working in Transport and organise a major event on the topic on 21 April. The ETF welcomes the EC initiative, acknowledging the unprecedented interest taken by DG MOVE in talking the underrepresentation of women in the industry. To make the process effective, the European Commission will however have to keep labour and employment conditions at the core of its endeavour to improve female participation in transport sectors. Прочети още
On March 7, at the Bulgarian Industrial Association / BIA / premises was held a panel discussion titled “Gender Balance in business – to break the glass ceiling.” Major issues related to equality between women and men in the economy and society were presented in discussion.
The event gathered representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy / MLSP / Ministry of Economy, social partners and national NGOs. It was attended by Ekaterina Yordanova – President of the Federation of Transport Trade Unions in Bulgaria and vice-president of the European Trade Union Confederation’s Women’s Committee.
Ekaterina Yordanova addressed one of the key issues – the participation of women in decision-making process at national, European and international level. Прочети още