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ETF unions in Hungary plan to put European solidarity into action

Our General Secretary visited Budapest to hear in person about the problems facing transport workers in the country. Our affiliates also discussed the next steps for the Fair Transport Europe campaign and our training programme for union activists in Central and Eastern Europe.

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ETF dockers show policymakers the reality of port work in Hamburg

Main purpose of the visit was to show what terminals and their workers are doing to cope with the consequences of the increasing size of ships. The event was also a good occasion for EU decision-makers to get hands-on information about the revision of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation.

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Another day of chaos for EU Mobility Package

MEPs reject all proposals on rest time and pay for professional drivers. ETF hopes for a good solution, but welcomes proof that there is no majority for reforms which legalise exploitation, social dumping and dangerous conditions for all road users.

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An ETF Statement on Sea Rescue in the context of the migrant crisis

In the context of the migrant crisis and the many casualties in the Mediterranean Sea, the ETF calls on shipowners to support masters and crew being criminalised for rescuing people in distress and demands EU Member States to invest in more and better rescue services.

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Romanian subway workers win fight for better pay

Romanian metro workers have won a victory at the Bucharest subway operator Metrorex. After a long dispute, which involved the threat of a general strike and the resignation of the Romanian Minister of Transport, the company management and our affiliate USLM (ATU Romania) agreed on a 20% wage increase for the 2018-2019 period.

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Ryanair still needs to stabilise its industrial relations

One year ago, Ryanair announced that it would recognise unions for the first time. But there is still a long way to go. Today, our new report with the ITF examines the progress the airline has made and what remains to be done.

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ETF joins 11th FILT CGIL Congress

On 27 and 28 November, our Italian affiliate FILT CGIL held its National Congress in Milan. Our General Secretary and President both attended the event, which commemorated the memory of Alessandro Rocchi.

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ETF supports Austrian railway workers in strike action

The Austrian railway workers organised a 2-hours long warning strike on Monday 26th November 2018 after failure of 10 rounds of negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement assuring important framework working conditions.

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Take to the streets for a fair Mobility Package!

On Monday 3 December, European transport ministers meet to finalise reforms to the road sector. The proposals are disastrous for equality and the safety of all road users, so we’ll be demonstrating in front of the European Council.

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Seafarer dies while lashing cargo

Tragic accident in Ireland shows once again that lashing must be dockers’ work, as already agreed by unions and employers at global level.

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ETF and ITF write to DHL Global HR Director

ETF and ITF write to DHL Global HR Jutta Rawe-Baumer to insist that DHL Express Turkey must honour the court decision and recognise Tümtis’ right to bargain on behalf of its members.

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HYPOCRISY AT DHL

After 8 months, striking union workers in Istanbul are still waiting for German company to keep its promises

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EU member states discuss ETF proposals on Mobility Package

The ETF organised a breakfast meeting about the EU Mobility Package with diplomats responsible for transport at the Permanent Representations – the Brussels offices of EU member states. The transport attachés of 12 member states attended the event, which was hosted by Austrian trade union organisations OGB and Vida, in cooperation with the Austrian Chamber of Labour. The purpose of the meeting was to explain and discuss trade union perspectives on the Mobility Package, which aims to simplify European rules…

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Air quality

As health and safety representatives, we are committed to standards that emphasise measures…

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ETF shares RMT satisfaction following Scottish government’s intention to secure public ferry services

After years of legal stalemate, ETF affiliate RMT and the Scottish Government made a joint approach to the European Commission in April 2016 over the possibility of using ‘Teckal’ case law to exempt public contracts for Scottish ferry services from the tendering requirements of Maritime Cabotage Regulation 3577/92. The European Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc replied to the Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP on 22 September 2016 that a Teckal exemption could apply to the Maritime Cabotage Regulation, although the…

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We must end the war on tug tarrifs

Major tug operators are consolidating in order to increase profit margins by imposing unfair tariffs and demands on local tug operators.

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ITF and UNI turn over new leaf with DHL

The ITF and fellow global union federation UNI turned over a new leaf in their relationship with the global delivery company Deutsche Post-DHL this week, as a joint statement on an Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) mediation was issued

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