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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

21 Dec 2017
ETF Seafarers host EU Committee and make progress at Social Dialogue
The MTS EU committee held yesterday productive discussions about upcoming projects and priorities regarding the EU Institutions. Representatives of affiliate unions agreed that fair shipping in EU waters should be a key policy aim over the coming...

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...
 

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Press releases

07 Dec 2017
Council of the EU agrees to implement ECSA-ETF agreement on decent work for seafarers
COUNCIL AGREES TO IMPLEMENT ECSA-ETF AGREEMENT ON DECENT WORK FOR SEAFARERS European shipowners and European transport workers speak together to warmly welcome today’s adoption of a Council Directive improving seafarers’ working conditions. This...

09 Nov 2017
An ambitious proposal to ease the administrative burden on seafarers and operators is needed
At the Digital Transport Days in Tallinn today, European shipowners (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) call for easing the administrative burden shipping crew and companies are facing today. The Reporting Formalities...
 

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