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About the ETF
What is the ETF?
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is a new pan-European trade union organisation which embraces transport trade unions from the European Union, the European Economic Area and Central and Eastern European countries.
When was the ETF created?
The European Transport Workers’ Federation was created at a founding congress in Brussels on 14-15 June 1999.
Which trade unions belong to the ETF?
The ETF has affiliated unions which organise workers in railways, road transport and logistics, maritime transport, ports and docks, inland waterways, civil aviation, fisheries and tourism services.
→ List of ETF Affiliates by country
How many workers does the ETF represent?
The ETF represents more than 3.5 million transport workers from more than 230 transport unions and 41 European countries, in the following sectors: railways, road transport and logistics, maritime transport, inland waterways, civil aviation, ports & docks, tourism and fisheries.
What events led to the formation of the ETF?
The ETF brings together former members of the Federation of Transport Workers’ Unions in the European Union (FST – now dissolved) with European affiliates of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). In 1999, affiliated unions from both structures decided to work to unify both existing bodies. The ETF is the result of that work. From now on, there is only one body representing Europe’s transport workers.
What are the main activities of the ETF?
Working within an overall framework of global solidarity, the ETF will operate both as the European region of the ITF and as the transport federation of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC). Its principal activity is to represent and defend the interests of transport workers throughout Europe. It formulates and coordinates trade union transport and social policy, organises concerted industrial activities, engages in education and training and conducts innovative research on a variety of subjects from workers’ health and safety to employment impact studies.
The ETF is the recognised Social Partner in the European Social Dialogue and will represent the interests of transport workers across Europe vis-à-vis the European Commission and the Council of Ministers.
The ETF will continue the good links established between trade unions and the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.
Where is the ETF based and who runs it?
The ETF has its headquarters in Brussels.
To view the structure of the ETF and the names of the ETF Staff, please go to the ETF Team page.