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Press Release September 20, 2023

Trade unions globally protest union-busting ‘green’ company Ørsted

Unions affiliated to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) will deliver a letter today to key Ørsted offices, and organise protests in key ports in North America, Europe, Australia and the UK. Ørsted US has failed to negotiate in good faith, breaking promises to workers and union members represented by the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) in New London, Connecticut.

News September 15, 2023

Water Transport Employment in Europe: The Role of Governance

The European waterborne transport sector should be considered a strategic and key asset.
It is just one of the conclusions the ETF underlines in the recently published final report of the EU-funded project “A fair and sustainable waterborne transport in Europe”. The report assesses the current state of water transport employment in Europe, links it to water transport governance and provides recommendations for reform.

Statement September 14, 2023

President von der Leyen must back support of social partners with action!

Following the SOTEU 2023, the European Transport Workers’ Federation calls on the EC President, Ursula von der Leyen, and the European Commission at large, to back statements of support for social partners and trade unions with bold and substantive actions, policy and legislation.

News September 14, 2023

MSC announces takeover of HHLA terminal group

The future of Hamburg port workers should not be put at risk! ETF calls on the Mediterranean Shipping Co (MSC) – the world’s largest container line – to commit to preserving jobs, fair working conditions and respecting the collective agreement in case of taking the German terminal group Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA).

Opportunity to Tender September 11, 2023

Call for tender | Training expert in aviation

The aim of the project ‘No Going Back: Protecting rights and promoting social dialogue in aviation through times of crisis’ is to learn from the experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and help prepare trade unions for future crises through a combination of written guidance material and practical training through implementation workshops. A particular focus will be on change management and the expected changes through the green and digital transition and the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the aviation sector.

News September 8, 2023

Driving the future: a Just Transition to smart and sustainable mobility

Faced with the major challenge of reducing emissions from transportation, transport and manufacturing workers have built a solid platform to develop joint Just Transition strategies for 20 million workers in the mobility ecosystem. Their first joint project concludes today.

Statement September 1, 2023

ETF Solidarity after railway accident in Italy

ETF in solidarity with Italian Unions after 5-death tragedy in Italy’s railway.

A serious rail accident occurred last night on the railway line between Brandizzo and Chivasso, Italy. Five railway infrastructure maintenance workers died, and 3 other workers were injured.

News September 1, 2023

Climate change and transport – A Toolkit for Transport trade unions

This “ETF Climate Change Toolkit for Transport Trade Unions” aims to raise awareness among ETF affiliates of climate change as a core trade union issue. Transport trade unions cannot wait but must act proactively in the interest of their members to ensure just transition.

In Focus


Green and Social Transport

Social issues and environmental concerns are two sides of the same coin. Fighting social dumping and climate action is one and the same struggle.


Protecting the workers behind online platforms

Platform work is challenging existing labour laws and regulations protecting workers. In this new setting, the ETF and its affiliates are fighting to ensure fair working conditions and employee status for platform workers.