European IWT social partners – ETF, European Barge Union, and European Skippers’ Organisation – addressed a letter to European Commissioner for Transport A. Vàlean and European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs N. Schmit to present their positions on the coordination of social security in European Inland Waterways.
Inland Waterways is a relatively small transport sector, dominated by small scale enterprises and owner operators working in a transnational environment. This requires a bold approach on the European level in order to offer appropriate social protection. Inland waterways also carry a booming river cruise industry, where workers are often agency staff with poor pay and conditions.
Approximately 40000 people are active on Europe’s 41500km of waterways, of which 11% are women. 24 Member States have waterways but only 14 are part of the interconnected waterway network.
Inland Waterways has approximately a 6.3% share of the total freight volumes in Europe. 65% of all freight transport takes place on the Rhine Corridor of which 70% in the Netherlands and Germany. There is still a vast potential to increase the share of freight carried by inland waterways, since they are reliable, energy efficient and still have a lot of unused capacity.
The Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine, with the support of the European Commission, regularly publishes an Inland Waterways Market Insight, which can be found in English, French, German and Dutch.
News November 18, 2020
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.
News October 9, 2020
We check in with Estelle Brentnall to catch up about her work: the expectations, the reality, and the upcoming priorities for the maritime team.
Event September 24, 2020
ETF is launching its first round of ETF Talks – Conversations that put social first! First topic? Trade unions build back BETTER!