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ETF Stop Ports Package 2 Poster*
We invite port workers to join us in Strasbourg on 16 January 2006 to protest against PP2!*

ETF Dockers' unions have a long-standing record for international cooperation and solidarity. Over the last decades dockers’ unions in several countries have managed to negotiate labour organisation patterns that allow protection of workers and continuity of employment and that guarantee, at the same time, the flexibility needed due to the relative irregularity of port operations.
 
Through political and industrial actions the ETF and its members contributed to the rejection by the European Parliament of two directives proposed by the European Commission, the so called ‘Port Packages’. The two propositions, drafted without proper consultation of the industry would have brought about further liberalisation and a general disinvestment climate for the sector. Further to the failure of the two Port Packages, ETF was highly engaged in making its voice heard by policy-makers, on critical issues related to ports and maritime transport.
 
Today European Dockers’ unions are called to deal with several critical issues. Liberalisation of port labour that could not be introduced through European legislation is being imposed in some countries through court cases or in the framework of financial assistance programmes granted by international financial institutions. Improving of safety standards and making ports more healthy workplaces are, for the ETF, key for a sustainable port sector. Topics such as subcontracting part of ports operations to enterprises that do not apply the negotiated labour standards and the lack of protection for workers’ right in case of change of concessionaire are also very high on the ETF Dockers’ agenda.
 
In June 2013 the ETF entered in a formal social dialogue at EU level, with the aim to reach agreements with the employers’ organisations on the most crucial social issues impacting dock labour in the EU.
 
Updates on the activities and initiatives of the ETF Dockers’ Section are available in the Dockers’ news section here >>


For more information, please contact Livia Spera, ETF Political Secretary: l.spera@etf-europe.org–Tel: +32 (0)470 93 05 89.

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News online

26 May 2017
Unions will redouble efforts in face of challenging European environment
The 5th ordinary congress of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) has closed in Barcelona. Hundreds of participants from trade unions across Europe have been part of the event which sets out the priorities and areas of focus for the...

25 May 2017
Addressing the ‘mega trend’ on sustainable transport
Automation and digitalisation, globalisation, climate change and demographic change were all up for discussion at the second #ETF2017 roundtable event, this time themed around sustainable transport. ETF Vice President Alexander Kirchner was joined...
 

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Press releases

25 May 2017
Frank Moreels is elected new ETF President
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) has elected a new president. Frank Moreels, Chairman of the Belgian transport union BTB, was chosen for the position during the ETF 5th ordinary congress taking place this week in Barcelona. Broad...

16 Mar 2017
ETF applauds rejection of liberalisation plan for Spanish port labour
Today 16 March 2017 the Spanish Parliament rejected the controversial Real Decreto-Ley presented by the government to liberalise port labour. This decision follows the infringement procedure opened by the European Commission and the consequential...
 

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Galerie AGORA, Rue du Marché aux Herbes 105, Boîte 11 B - 1000 Bruxelles  |  +32 2 285 46 60   |  etf@etf-europe.org