Issues March 18, 2020
Worker's Story March 30, 2020
News April 17, 2020
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.
News June 23, 2020
ETF, Europeche and Cogeca addressed a letter to the relevant authorities of Senegal and Ivory Coast to ask for their cooperation and support in facilitating the repatriation of fishermen stranded in West Africa.
News June 18, 2020
ETF joins the ETUC in calling on the EU Council to speed up payment of EU emergency support for health and protecting incomes and jobs and agree on an EU Jobs Recovery Plan for massive investment & solidarity. For the transport industry, a recovery plan should not be back-to-business-as-before – a policy shift must accompany it!
News April 30, 2020
Now more than ever, it is important to acknowledge transport workers all over Europe and highlight the key role unions will play in protecting their working conditions, wages and employment after the health crisis subsides.