Transport workers are the sector’s “most valuable asset” reads the newly published Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, but proposed initiatives fall short in matching this statement. The ETF reiterates that to fulfil the goals of the Strategy and enable the transition to greener transport, it is essential to address social issues and foster worker engagement.
Civil aviation is a major driver of economic growth and jobs in Europe. However, large parts of the sector have lost their power as an engine able to generate direct employment.
In addition to this, the quality of jobs in aviation has deteriorated. The globalisation of air transport and its liberalisation in the early 1990s have led to a consolidation of the aviation industry without the establishment of a legal framework that protects workers’ rights. The European aviation industry must offer fair opportunities for workers while rogue competition under the pretext of cheaper fares should be forbidden. The ETF civil aviation section works to achieve common positions and develop common policies on European issues to improve the quality of the jobs and working conditions for aviation workers.
Statement January 26, 2021
FedEx has announced the decision to fire 6,300 employees in midst of booming e-commerce; the ETF joins all concerned workers and unions in their fight against these unfair and unacceptable redundancies.
Publication January 15, 2021
The ETF issues a position paper on the SES2+ recast proposal by the European Commission, expressing disagreement with the proposal’s aim to further liberalise ATM services, and in effect causing negative social consequences for workers.
Press Release January 11, 2021
The ETF reacts to European Commission’s “Slot Relief” proposal, highlighting the fact that the proposal ignores the significant issue of job losses and the social consequences of this pandemic as well as a severe lack of sustainable and long-term job protection.