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.
News September 15, 2023
The European waterborne transport sector should be considered a strategic and key asset.
It is just one of the conclusions the ETF underlines in the recently published final report of the EU-funded project “A fair and sustainable waterborne transport in Europe”. The report assesses the current state of water transport employment in Europe, links it to water transport governance and provides recommendations for reform.
Press Release March 31, 2023
Conclusions of the second sectoral consultation on the future European standards relating to crews are out! Over 90 participants – employers and employees – participated in the event co-organized by UENF/OEB and ETF under the auspices of CESNI last December.
News January 27, 2023
As the ETF IWT Sections’ expert for many years on the coordination of social security in the European Inland Waterways Transport sector, Cécile Tournaye proposes a new path to identify the national applicable labour law in IWT.
As the IWT sector in Europe has no flag-state legislation, determining the applicable national labour law is extremely difficult.