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|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: email@example.com–Tel: +32 (0)470 93 05 89.
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