COVID-19 I Protecting Transport Workers’ Rights

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to unfold, we have been active from the very beginning, demanding that our transport workers’ rights are protected. Transport workers are on the frontline,  in direct contact with passengers and are putting themselves at risk of contracting the virus by carrying out their everyday duties. They are also the ones being impacted by the disastrous economic consequences of the virus. Now more than ever, it is time for everyone to step up their efforts to protect our transport workers! We are proud of them, as they are keeping Europe moving during these troubled times as they ensure that medical supplies and essential goods for our survival are delivered.

We are relaying our demands to the European Institutions, and are making sure that our voices are heard. We are seeing various measures put into place, and while we commend taking action: none of these measures should lead to permanent loss of jobs or the reduction of salaries. Employees’ social rights must be protected in all cases. Whatever changes are made to working conditions, these must be temporary, negotiated with unions, and no measure should be used as an excuse to take away workers’ rights.

The ETF is in constant contact with our members, and below you will find links to the latest developments in each sector.

We will continue fighting for transport workers’ rights during these troubled times! Solidarity!

For more updates on the different transport sectors, click on ETF sections’ icons:

 

       

      

 

We’ve created visuals that can be used to show solidarity during these trying times as well as visuals with our views and demands on how the COVID-19 pandemic should be dealt with:

You can find posters with a list of general demands for creating measures and visuals with individual points here.

You can find solidarity visuals here:

  • the general transport workers messages as Facebook covers here, Twitter covers here, and posters here,
  • visuals for workers in fisheries here, and
  • posters with a blank space to print out and include your own message here.

 

For information on horizontal, cross-sectoral Social Dialogue agreements with employers and Governments in reaction to COVID-19, you may go to ETUC’s dedicated webpage.

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Worker's Story
7 Apr 2020
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