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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!*

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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

09 Jul 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...

22 Jun 2018
Young Dockers discuss burning issues in the future of dockwork
Young dockers are on the move!  More than 40 young dockers from 14 unions and 10 countries travelled to Walsrode, Germany, for the second ETF young dockers meeting. They discussed port automation and solidarity, while sharing experiences about...
 

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Press releases

08 May 2018
Transport workers launch international cooperation at Eurokai – Europe’s biggest port company
// //   ETF affiliate unions from Italy and Germany have met in Rome to start working together for all workers at Eurokai – the largest European-owned container terminal operator. German union ver.di and the Italian unions FILT-CGIL,...

13 Mar 2018
European transport unions call for European Labour Authority that works for workers
// // Transport unions across Europe listened carefully as Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, presented plans for a European Labour Authority (ELA). We hoped this new body would be a concrete step in...
 

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