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, providing jobs for over 150000 people in Europe. For many coastal communities, fishing is a significant source of income.
However, fishing is not an easy job. Fishermen and women often live and work on board the vessel for days, using heavy equipment in difficult and uncomfortable conditions. The accident and injury rate in fisheries is up to 15 times higher than in other sectors. Moreover, the workers do not return to their homes daily, which means they depend 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 within the European Union. It is regulated entirely by the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The CFP also governs 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. Our involvement in Social Dialogue and joint activities with other organisations is central to this goal.
Opportunity to Tender October 14, 2022
Under the EU co-funded action ‘Pillars of the Sea 3: Project implementing part of the SSDC Work Programme roadmap towards socially sustainable fishing,’ we are looking for four external experts
News September 28, 2022
The European Commission’s intention to drastically reduce – even ban – bottom-contacting fishing gears is no secret. But the implications of such a decision are often disregarded. The ETF favours more sustainable fisheries, as fishers – the true guardians of the sea – are fully aware that the sustainability of fish stocks and the marine ecosystem is vital in preserving their income and jobs.
Press Release May 25, 2022
On the occasion of ETF’s 6th Ordinary Congress in Budapest, Frank Moreels and Livia Spera were elected President and General Secretary of the European Transport Workers’ Federation.