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Statement April 2, 2020

COVID-19: ETF calls for an aviation rescue plan and EU fund to help protect a strategic industry

European aviation has been amongst the first industries to be impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and will be one of the hardest hit. Support to the workforce and the industry will ensure a lifeline for the sector that will guarantee its recovery after the pandemic. ETF calls for conditional financial aid to aviation-sector companies and immediate support to all workers in civil aviation, with special attention given to the most vulnerable among them.

Worker's Story April 1, 2020

COVID-19: Belgian driver speaks out

A worried Belgian driver working in the road transport industry speaks out about his working conditions and his company’s complete disregard towards his family situation.

Worker's Story March 31, 2020

COVID-19: Finnish train guard speaks out

Railway workers are on the frontline and are in constant contact with passengers: “It’s scary for us all to work at the moment in these dirty trains with all the bacteria running around. Drivers are scared to touch the buttons and the driving table. We can’t go to visit them anymore. Conductors are scared to get COVID-19 from passengers or give it to them”.

Statement March 27, 2020

ETF writes to Croatian Government on suspension of labour & social rights during pandemic

ETF condemns the Croatian government’s legislative initiative which would suspend labour and social rights and expresses that it is a clear attempt on workers’ rights in a letter to the Croatian government. Launching such an initiative when the whole of Europe is undergoing a health crisis, and while Croatia’s workforce is already under pressure as they cope with this epidemic is appalling. Such a crisis should never be used as an excuse to take away workers’ rights.

Statement March 26, 2020

Social partners voice their disapproval of CBER prolongation in a letter to von der Leyen

In response to the recent CBER prolongation, social partners sent a letter to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, expressing their disapproval of the decision pointing to the negative consequences of this action. The decision was not subject to a proper prior evaluation of effects and will likely have detrimental effects on many companies and workers of the logistics and supply chains in the EU.

Press Release March 26, 2020

ETF condemns the decision of European Commission to extend CBER

European Commission declared a four-year prolongation of the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER), now valid until 2024. The decision disregards a public consultation and reinforces the inequality and unfairness that is rampant in the maritime industry.

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