EADT – ETF Automation and Digitalisation Toolkit

The overall aim of the project is to give the ETF-affiliated transport unions concrete tools to address the challenges caused by automation and digitalisation for European transport workers. This will be achieved by compiling an ETF Automation & Digitalisation Toolkit (EADT).


The toolkit will focus on the three main kinds of tools that trade unions need in order to tackle automation:

1. Collective bargaining
Negotiations with employers’ associations and companies are the most effective way to address and mitigate the effects of automation on work and working conditions, to tackle job losses, to make sure the workforce has the right skills for the future. In this field, experience shows that in order to be meaningful, negotiations have to be started timely.

2. Political campaigning & lobbying
It is our vision that trade unions should play an active role in shaping the future of work in transport. Automation and digitalization bring forward the need for adapting policies and legislation. The changes that new technologies will impose on work need to be framed by the right policies.

Issues such as employment levels and labour market policies, education and employability of current employees, taxation policies and infrastructure financing, automation impact on local economies, establishment of transition funds, would
deserve a much wider debate and concrete actions.

3. Workers’ representation
Automation and digitalization processes change the face of transport work. More women and young workers are likely to join the sector, and it is expected that lower-skilled/manual work is replaced by white-collar workers. Moreover, we assist to new professions and new company structures (such as Uber, Deliveroo, etc.) This requires unions to adapt their organizational models and their representation strategies and structure, in order to stay relevant for the workers and properly represent their interests.

The core of the project are five events, dedicated to the following occupational groups:

  • civil aviation,
  • land transport (rail, road and urban public transport),
  • water transport (inland waterways, maritime transport, ports and docks),
  • youth,
  • women.

In these workshops, the participants will, first of all, discuss the proposed contents of the Toolkit and exchange on sector-specific challenges.

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What does the future hold for workers in civil aviation?

On 13 and 14 February, trade unionists from all sectors of the civil aviation industry gathered in Madrid to take part in the automation and digitalization (A&D) workshop. The workshop aimed to get an overview of the current state of A&D in the different civil aviation sectors around Europe, reflect on the A&D toolkit, and think about ways these topics could be tackled going forward.

9 Mar 2020
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