Social partners welcome positive steps towards much-needed support to fishermen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We call upon the Member States to fully implement these extraordinary measures to compensate and relieve operators and workers.
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 November 20, 2020
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.
News November 18, 2020
ETF met with Commissioner Schmit to discuss key issues affecting transport workers. Livia Spera, ETF General Secretary, extended an invitation to build, together with Commissioner Schmit, a new vision for the future of transport work.
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.