Transport workers are the sector’s “most valuable asset” reads the newly published Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, but proposed initiatives fall short in matching this statement. The ETF reiterates that to fulfil the goals of the Strategy and enable the transition to greener transport, it is essential to address social issues and foster worker engagement.
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.
Inland Waterways is a relatively small transport sector dominated by small-scale enterprises and owner-operators working in an international environment. This requires a bold approach on the European level 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% is 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.
With the support of the European Commission, the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine regularly publishes an Inland Waterways Market Insight, which can be found in English, French, German and Dutch.
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.
News May 20, 2022
We demand that shipping companies, Tug & Towage companies, Port Authorities, and other regulating bodies respect national and international health and safety regulations to provide a safe workplace for all.
News March 29, 2022
It’s not surprising that workplace accidents are increasing in severity. Unsafe manning levels are more common. Legal rest times are being violated. Workers’ stress and fatigue levels are rising. The pressure being placed on tug and towage workers is pushing them to breaking point.