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Maritime Transport

This is a Section with many challenges. The high level of globalisation in maritime transport and the use of multinational crews, together with the proliferation of Flags of Convenience, makes it difficult to effectively implement existing regualtions in the sector. Seafarers are excluded from much of the EU social legislation. The ETF is pushing for a need for a much wider EU regulation framework, that would ensure that competition was based on the highest possible standards in safety, environmental and social terms, thus ensuring a level playing field for all those wishing to participate in carrying goods by sea between EU ports.

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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

27 Jul 2017
European maritime social partners welcome the directive ensuring the welfare of seafarers
The European Maritime Social Partners warmly welcome the European Commission’s adoption of their proposal to update their Agreement on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC).  The ILO MLC amendments...

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...
 

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