ETF president Frank Moreels and General Secretary Livia Spera met with Tomas Eneroth, Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, and Mattias Landgren, his State Secretary, today in Brussels.
ETF presented its concept of a European maritime Space for Socially Sustainable Shipping to a wide range of high-level stakeholders at the Fair Shipping Conference on 5 November 2019 in Brussels. The Commission was called on to take action and consider the concept as a possible way to address social dumping in European waters.
On the eve of the entry into full effectiveness of the new IBF Dockers’ Clause our German affiliate ver.di is dedicating its Baltic Week of Action 2019 to lashing.
This week the EU has chosen new leaders for its key institutions, but most of the candidates are not exactly progressive. One exception is David Sassoli, the Italian chosen to lead the European Parliament for the next 30 months. We sent him an open letter to remind him of his previous commitments to workers’ rights, and make clear how urgently working people in Europe need a new approach.
FLAI CGIL and ETF dedicated a stone sculpture to Fair Transport as part of the project ‘La Casa dei Pesci’. Our huge block of marble has now been lowered into the Mediterranean. It will become part of an underwater gallery which prevents illegal fishing and offers a habitat to fish.
Udo Bullmann’s S&D group has been a reliable ally over the past years, and he pledged to work with us for better conditions in the transport sector. Strong connections with MEPs are vital as we fight for Fair Transport in Europe, and we are reaching out to various parties.
On 23-26 May 2019 EU citizens will decide which politicians will represent them and defend their interests at EU level. The ETF is firmly convinced of the need for a better and more social Europe, and we’ve been taking our Fair Transport manifesto to potential MEPs.