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Livia Spera speaks at ports Symposium 9 July 2018
ETF dockers call for joined-up thinking from port authorities
On 28 June 2018 the ETF Dockers section was invited to speak at the PortEconomics.eu symposium on European Port Policy. As unions are not always given a voice in similar events, we were pleased to share our thoughts! Our focus was the way port policies and governance should address the future of dockwork. more >>

 

6 July 2018
Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive: ETF strongly opposes exclusion of seafarers and fishermen from EU labour and social legislation
Seafarers and fishermen are often denied basic social rights that are granted to onshore workers. Now they could once again pay a heavy price. As part of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission has developed a proposal for a Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive. This is a broad package of rules, which aims to grant all workers in Europe equal opportunities and access to the labour market, fair working conditions, and social protection and inclusion. The hope is especially to support those working in precarious conditions. Shamefully, when adopting their general approach, Member States decided to exclude these categories of workers from a number of provisions without any clear justification. more >>

 

3 July 2018
Sustainable transport and fair competition: Railway Employers and Trade Unions back road workers in call for decent EU Mobility Package
It might seem odd that trade unions and employers in Europe’s rail sector would come together and make a statement about an EU reform of road transport. But the EU’s Mobility Package is not a normal set of reforms. This is a major redesign of the rules that govern road transport in Europe, which will not only affect road workers and users – other transport sectors could also feel the impact. more >>

 

Story of Romanian diver exploitation 29 June 2018
Social dumping in road transport damages all European workers – Romanian union ATU calls for a fair EU Mobility Package
The fight for a fair EU Mobility Package is a fight for all workers in the road transport sector. The Package, a total reform of the rules governing Europe’s road transport sector, is set to change the face of road freight, and international bus and coach services. But any reform that legalises social dumping and wage inequalities weakens the faith in the European project. And our drivers ask: Is that the future we want to see for the European single market? more >>

 

28 June 2018
Fair Fishing for Europe: Trade Unions launch debate on a more social EU fisheries policy
What is sustainable fishing? Of course we need to protect fish stocks, but that’s not all. We must also consider the safety, wellbeing and working conditions of the people who bring fish from the sea to our plates. Truly sustainable fishing needs a socially sustainable supply chain. And in a sector that is so international, that means decent international rules to protect workers. more >>

 

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18 July 2018
Amazon workers are on strike for decent conditions. Police respond with violence.
Online retailer Amazon has long faced accusations that its warehouses are bad places to work. Now workers are striking to demand change. The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and UNI Europa express their solidarity with the Amazon workers on strike in Spain and Germany. more >>

 

11 July 2018
European industry, NGOs and UN agencies call for a socially, environmentally and commercially sustainable fisheries
The European Social Partners in the Fisheries Sector were proud to host today together with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the European Commission and The Holy See, a side-event on the social dimension of fisheries during the 33rd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), a subsidiary body of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Despite the progress in health and safety operations, insufficient attention has been given by governments to the implementation of essential principles of international law for the protection of fishers, making fishing still a hazardous activity. In order to bridge the gap, participants widely called for the development, in close cooperation with UN agencies, of an effective roadmap for the rapid worldwide implementation of the international agreements relating to work and safety in the fishing sector. more >>

 
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18 July 2018
Amazon workers are on strike for decent conditions. Police respond with violence.
11 July 2018
European industry, NGOs and UN agencies call for a socially, environmentally and commercially sustainable fisheries
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