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Event

Where can you find us during the 2020 European Shipping Week?

In addition to an event on seafarers’ employment organised by ETF affiliates, we will be involved in a number of other events together with the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA). We will be presenting results from joint projects and upcoming activities, as well as offer a better insight into the perspective of seafarers in terms of skills needs, digitalization, and equal opportunities.

Statement

ETF support and solidarity for UK workers and trade unions post-Brexit

On the day of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, we pledge our support to our brothers and sisters in the UK. We will continue to work cooperatively and in solidarity with all our affiliates, inside or outside the EU, to defend fair transport throughout Europe.

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Italian Government gives its greenlight for ratification of ILO Convention 188

The ETF welcomes the green light of the Italian Government for the ratification of the ILO Convention 188 “Work in fishing”. The ETF, together with ITF, will continue to ask as many countries as possible to ratify the Convention 188 and properly implement it. The Convention is a fundamental international instrument to protect fishers’ working conditions and rights.

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ETF and UITP renew commitment to combat violence and insecurity on Urban Public Transport

UITP and ETF renewed their Joint Recommendations on “Combating Violence and Insecurity on Urban Public Transport” and commit to their dissemination, awareness-raising through workshops and conferences, and monitoring their implementation at the level of national social partners across Europe. Feeling safe at your place of work or during your commute is a right, not a privilege!

Statement

Mobility Package: ETF statement on today’s TRAN Committee vote

The TRAN Committee of the European Parliament voted in favour of the trilogue result reached on 12 December. The Mobility Package is on its way to being adopted, the next steps are to be confirmed. In the meantime, ETF will continue to endeavour assiduously to close legal gaps, and offer our members and professional drivers across Europe real solutions.

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ETF joins maritime industry statement on the application of EU Visa Code to seafarers

Obtaining a valid visa to go on shore, is an important aspect of seafarers’ wellbeing. Shore leave is a right for every seafarer and after spending many nights onboard it is paramount for maintaining good health. When ships are in ports, seafarers should, therefore, be able to easily leave the ship regardless of their nationality. Existing procedures within the EU however often impede on time granting of visas to seafarers. This has a major impact on their mental health and wellbeing. ETF, therefore, calls on EU Member States to ensure the implementation of the Code is adequately applied to seafarers.

Statement

European minimum wage initiative – Consultation is underway!

On 14 January, the European Commission launched First phase consultation of Social Partners on a possible action addressing the challenges related to fair minimum wages. While the ETF strongly believes that workers of Europe need a pay rise, we don’t support simplistic approaches and half-baked solutions that could endanger the autonomy of social partners around the continent. A simple prescriptive mechanism cannot solve wage stagnation – instead, we need to address the core causes of it, such as precarious work, anti-union measures, digitalisation, and austerity.

Worker's Story

Dockers explain: Why is the Dockers’ Clause important?

On 1 January 2020, the Dockers’ Clause came into effect, confirming that lashing is dockers’ work.

To better understand the importance of this new clause and its consequences, we spoke to dockers around Europe. We asked them about their work, the current situation in their countries and what the new arrangement means for them.

Press Release

Dockers’ Clause: A deal is a deal – and we are defending it!

On 8 January, dockers, shop stewards, trade unions and legal advisors from ten different countries gathered in Rotterdam and pledged to take action to ensure that the new Dockers’ Clause is correctly implemented. The attendees of the gathering formed an international team of legal advisors to prepare for action against shipping companies that do not comply with the Dockers’ Clause.

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