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Fisheries

One of the current challenges for the Fisheries Section has been the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). This policy is based on the reduction in the fishing capacity of the European fleet, huge reductions in several fishing quotas, the establishment of recovery plans, namely for cod and hake, and changes in the socio economic instruments. Furthermore, the concept of effort regulation via a limit for the number of days at sea has been introduced - despite its rejection by the ETF, which expresses serious concerns about unsafe working practices and insufficient rest periods. This reform had severe implications on fishermen throughout Europe and the ETF Fisheries Section has been active in designing proposals to counteract those consequences.

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News online

06 Jul 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...

28 Jun 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...
 

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Press releases

11 Jul 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...

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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