Issues March 18, 2020
Worker's Story March 30, 2020
News June 2, 2020
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 July 8, 2020
Responding to their Trio Programme, ETF addressed a letter to transport ministers of Germany, Slovenia, and Portugal, urging them to use their presidencies to steer European transport to a fair future.
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 June 16, 2020
In an open letter addressed to the EU’s Transport Ministers, the ETF makes a plea for a transparent, inclusive, and open process to shape up the future transport policy.