In light of Digital Transport Days taking place on 18 November, ETF Maritime team has published a paper on the future of waterborne transport. ETF’s vision of a fair and sustainable future of waterborne transport shows that there is an alternative to the current business practices in the sectors.
ETF and Europêche hosted a webinar on the ILO C188, in collaboration with the ILO, the European Commission and representatives of important fishing nations such as France, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom. High-ranked panellists widely called for the ratification and implementation of the ILO C188 and its EU equivalent, EU Directive 2017/159.
The European fisheries industry is the fourth largest in the world and it provides jobs for over 150000 people in Europe. For many coastal communities fishing is a major source of income.
However, fishing is not an easy job. Fishermen and women often live and work for days on board the vessel, where they use heavy equipment in difficult and uncomfortable conditions. The accident and injury rate in the fisheries sector is up to 15 times higher than in other sectors. Moreover, the workers do not return to their homes on a daily basis, which means that they are dependent on their employer for medical care on board, food, drinking water, and accommodation. That leaves fisheries workers vulnerable to employer abuse or maltreatment.
Sea fishing is a cross-border activity, and within the European Union it is regulated entirely by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The CFP also regulates the activities of EU vessels in non-EU waters. Unfortunately, the current CFP gives very little attention to the human aspect of fishing and the social consequences of the measures adopted.
ETF is determined to improve working conditions and job quality in the fisheries sector. Central to this goal are our involvement in Social Dialogue and joint activities with other organisations.
Press Release May 20, 2021
ETF and Europêche have published new Guidelines on the medical examinations of fishers, paving the way for the harmonisation of standards for health and fitness checks across Europe and worldwide.
News May 5, 2021
LDAC, ETF and Europeche sent a joint letter to the European Commission, requesting the transposition of key international legal instruments on safety and labour standards in the fishing sector.
Press Release April 29, 2021
ETF and Europêche call on the European Commission to support Member States in developing a specific COVID-19 vaccination protocol for fishers, adapting and prioritizing access to the vaccine.