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Inland Waterways

This webpage should help you to find relevant European social legislation related to inland waterways, as well as policy documents of the different European institutions and bodies. Finally, ETF positions on these issues are included.

The ETF “inland waterways” section brings together trade union officers and representatives of national transport trade unions, affiliated to ETF defending the interests of workers in the sector (freight transport, passenger transport in particular hotel- and cruiseships).

The section defines the ETF positions regarding EU transport policy, including relevant legislation, exerts pressure on the EU institutions and is actor in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue. It has an observer status in the CCR-ZKR (Central Rhine Commission) and has applied for a similar status in the Danube Commission.

The section has elected the following persons:

Section Chair Nick BRAMLEY Nautilus International Switzerland
Vice Chair Joris KERKHOFS ACV-Transcom Belgium
Vice Chair Milan JERABEK   OSN Czech Republic
Women's Representative Valérie LATRON FGTE-CFDT France
Youth Representative Dorotea ZEC SUC Croatia

 Useful tools


  • Please find here more information about the basic principles applicable in most cases with regard to taxation issues when you work and live in various different countries over a short period of time.
  • You can download the app called “Marine Traffic” on your mobile device for Android, Windows or for iOS. It is a useful search engine when you for example want to locate ships and need to know in which harbour they will moor.





News online

23 Mar 2017
ETF Solidarity message following the terrorist attack in London
On behalf of more than 3.5 million transport workers from 41 European countries and over 230 trade unions,please accept our expression of solidarity with the British population, the British ETF affiliates, the ITF staff and all those directly and...

23 Feb 2017
Best practice guide on involving young people in trade unions
A joint ETUFs project funded by the European Commission has delivered a compendium of best practices from all over Europe on how to integrate young people into trade unions. The experiences were collected through questionnaires and interviews...


Press releases

17 May 2017
European Social Partners in Inland Waterways Transport, EBU (European Barge Union), ESO (European Skippers’ Organisation) and ETF (European Transport Workers’ Federation) celebrate 50 years of social dialogue.  The tasks facing the Social Partners...

04 Apr 2017
Fair rewards for all in a booming industry !
ETF launches its 2017 campaign for fair pay and working conditions for all workers in the river cruise sector Europe’s position as a dynamic hub at the core of the global river cruise industry is reaffirmed year after year.  In the EU alone 335...


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