In 2016-2018, in partnership with the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and with support from the associated partners Unite the Union (UK), FNV (NL) and CFDT-FGTE (FR), FTTUB carried out the project “Women’s in Transport – Education for Valuable Employment (EVE)” whose main goal was to complete ETF training package on gender equality.
The EVE project is a logical continuation to the TRANSUNION project (2010-12) where FTTUB was a partner and ETF – the leading organization. TRANSUNION has produced the first two modules of ETF gender equality training package: ‘Women’s empowerment’ and ‘Collective Bargaining for Women’. Within project EVE were created a Training Kit and a new Module 4, dedicated to violence and harassment against women. The two training materials will be available to the ETF members in 6 languages (EN, FR, ES, DE, NL, BG)
The high-level European conference “Improving gender equality in the transport sector” within the EVE project gathered in March 2018 in Pravets, Bulgaria, 100 delegates and guests from all over Europe, with the participation of key Bulgarian ministers (Rositsa Dimitrova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy; Desislava Akhladova, Deputy Minister of Justice); and the support and participation of Bulgarian employers in the urban transport sector (CEOs, Members of Board of Directors) and academic researchers: Prof. Peter Turnbull (UK), Prof. Yulia Simeonova (BG). Among the official guests were Elisabeth Kotthaus, EC, DG MOVE, Montserrat Mir, ETUC’s Confederal Secretary; Brigitta Paas, President ETF Women’s Committee and Valérie Latron, Deputy President ETF Women’s Committee.
Also, during 6 project seminars between June 2017 and July 2018, in Sofia (BG), Amsterdam (NL), Esher (UK), Paris (FR), and two additional in Pravets (BG), FTTUB has trained nearly 90 trade union activists and representatives from 17 European countries (France, UK, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia and Bulgaria). They, in turn will be able to prepare their fellow trade unionists and develop the capacity of trade unions to recognize, react and prevent violence and harassment against women at the workplace, tailored to the specifics of working conditions in the relevant transport sub-sector.