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

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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.
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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.
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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

Seventh congress of NTU “Water Supply” – CITUB

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On 3 December 2015 was held the seventh congress of NTU “Water Supply ” – CITUB, entitled ” Reliable, strong , unforgiving – decent work and pay”
Official guests of the event were the Deputy Minister of the Regional Development and Public Works Nikolay Nankov and presidents of federations and unions – key members of the Confederation , among them the President of FTTUB Ekaterina Yordanova . Прочети още

Annual meeting of the ETF Civil Aviation section

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On 24 and 25 November 2015 in Vienna was held the final annual meeting of the Civil Aviation section of ETF. It was carried out there at the invitation and with the cooperation of the Austrian trade union vida, which is a key member of the ETF.
Normally, the Assembly was preceded by regular meetings of the three committees comprising the section – ATM Committee, Ground Staff Committee and Cabin Crew Committee / Pilots’ Working Group. FTTUB was represented by its members and experts in all of them. The work session of the ATM Committee was attended by trade unionists of the FTTUB affiliate in BULATSA, the meeting of Ground Staff Committee was joined by members of the FTTUB affiliate at Sofia Airport and Antonia Panayotova, an International Relations expert, represented FTTUB in the Cabin Crew Committee / Pilots’ Working Group. Прочети още

Keeping the glance on the operational program for transport

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The end of the year is near, so is the closing of the Operational Program for Transport (2007 – 2013). This hurried both the project activities and accountability. After the meeting in October, yesterday’s meeting (November 25 to 26) in the Boyana Residence was another look at the results. One more meeting has been planned for the next month.
The Monitoring Committee (MC) meeting was attended by the Managing Authority, beneficiaries, local executive authorities, NGOs, trade unions, experts from the European Commission and others stakeholders.The president of FTTUB Ekaterina Yordanova was present, as usual.
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While these are two separate programs – OP Transport (2007 – 2013) and OP Transport and Transport Infrastructure (2014 – 2020.), the meetings of the MC always refer to both. Прочети още

Once again “NO” to violence

November 25 has been declared by the United Nations the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. On this day, governments, social partners and civil society around the world expressed clearly their will to fight this disgraceful but actually existing phenomenon. According to the European Fundamental Rights Agency, even in the European Union every third woman has experienced some form of gender based violence after the age of 15. A part of this violence happens in the workplace – both by colleagues and by third party. In the transport sector, aggression by passengers or other players in the road becomes a serious problem.

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On this day FTTUB started a massive campaign against aggression in the workplace. The campaign continued efforts put last year to ask for a special convention of the International Labour Organisation under the initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation and the International Transport Workers’ Federation, whose member is FTTUB. Прочети още