Vacancies June 2, 2022
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.
Press Release May 11, 2022
A number of unions and global union federations have written to the International Labour Organization (ILO — part of the UN) asking it to urgently intervene on behalf the 800 seafarers who were illegally fired and cruelly mistreated by P&O Ferries
News April 28, 2022
No sustainable progress can be achieved in any industry, whether maritime or otherwise, while countries and companies remain engaged in a race to the bottom regarding tax and labour policies, which circumvent collectively agreed working conditions, including wages.
News March 29, 2022
The shocking and unprecedented sackings at P&O Ferries will not help level the playing field in European waters. It is high time to deliver a European Maritime Space for fair and sustainable shipping.
News March 25, 2022
Better social security coverage for seafarers residing in EU countries is above all a matter of cooperation between national authorities.
Press Release March 21, 2022
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) are calling on DP World to engage in meaningful dialogue with affiliates RMT and Nautilus International about P&O Ferries’ future. The company now has serious questions to answer following the ruthless sacking of 800 seafarers at its subsidiary P&O Ferries.
Statement March 17, 2022
ETF and ITF condemn the P&O ferry operator’s intention to sack its UK based seafaring workforce and outsource their jobs to non-union, agency workers.
News February 10, 2022
A Fair and Sustainable Shipping is our proposal for a future European Maritime Space.
To start building together the foundation of such a future space, an essential aspect needs to be addressed from the very beginning: how can EU initiatives contribute to sustainable and quality shipping in Europe by promoting a race to the top instead of a race to the bottom?
News December 7, 2021
News October 1, 2021
The final report of the EU-wide project MapMar is out! The aim of the project was to examine how to improve the way data is collected on employment of maritime professionals and to offer concrete recommendations on how to build an adequate data collection system.
Statement July 28, 2021
The World Health Organisation has included seafarers that should be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination in the context of limited supplies.
News July 15, 2021
Without delay, the European Commission must consider health and safety aspects to complete the FuelEU Maritime initiative.
News July 6, 2021
Statement June 25, 2021
On this year’s Day of the Seafarer, we call for a fair future – seafarers have a message on what they think it should look like!
News June 10, 2021
In light of the G7 summit of leaders starting this Friday, the ETF reiterates its call for an international agreement on a global minimum tax for multinational companies.
Statement June 2, 2021
Ahead of tomorrow’s Transport Council which will see discussions on the Smart Sustainable Mobility Strategy, the ETF implores transport ministers to lead the debate for change and show political will to set the basis and shift the paradigm of low-cost models, liberalisation and competition based on a race to the bottom that has dominated transport policies over the last decades.
ECSA and ETF would like to draw the attention of the Ministers of Transport to the recently adopted ILO Resolution on COVID-19 vaccination for seafarers which recognizes the importance of seafarers as key workers and calls upon States to provide seafarers with access to COVID-19 vaccination at the earliest opportunity.
News May 12, 2021
The OECD proposal for a global minimum tax for multinational companies would ensure that corporations pay taxes and participate to the common societal effort regardless of where they base their operations.
Statement April 30, 2021
Ahead of Labour Day, the ETF addresses an open letter to European and national policy makers to remind them about the reality of transport workers and urge them to take action for fair transport:
News April 26, 2021
Seafarers are often labelled as a “special case” and excluded from legislation protecting workers’ rights in land-based sectors, undermining their rights and protection. This must stop – seafarers are not second-class workers and should be covered by the EU legislation minimum standards applicable to all workers.
Statement April 20, 2021
ETF and ECSA call for the classification of seafarers as key workers and an introduction of specific rights and entitlements for seafarers everywhere.
ETF affiliate FSC-CCOO’s reflects on the lessons learned from the Suez Canal blockage and the instability caused by flags of convenience. The ETF joins their call for an investigation into the causes of the blockage and stronger protections of seafarers.
News April 1, 2021
Cristian Castaño, FSC-CCOO, reflects on the globalised nature of shipping, international legislation, and the protection of seafarers’ rights.
News March 11, 2021
To kick off Sustainable Transport Days, the ETF brought together key players in EU transport and beyond to reflect on the future of these industries.
Press Release March 8, 2021
On International Women’s Day, ECSA and ETF continue to advocate the enhanced participation of women in European shipping. As part of the WESS project, they are launching a survey that will help them determine the current state of women’s employment in the sector and assess women seafarers’ needs, a first step of an EU-funded project to increase women’s participation in the shipping industry.
Event February 18, 2021
ETF-ETUI Sustainable Transport Days is a series of seminars for ETF affiliates and their members on the topic of Future of Transport policies in Europe. Seminars will kick off with an event open to all on the EU mobility strategy and Fair Transport.
News February 2, 2021
Workers are joining the fight to #HoldBizAccountable. Make your voice heard and demand accountability for rights violations and environmental destruction!
News January 21, 2021
In a letter to Heads of State and Government of EU Member States, the ETF and ECSA called on EU Member States to enable crew changes and give seafarers priority access to COVID-19 vaccines.
News December 22, 2020
News December 21, 2020
The ETF calls on the UK Government, the European Commission and national governments to come up with clear guarantees for truck drivers to return from the UK, and seafarers to be able to take part in crew changes.
Press Release December 14, 2020
ECSA, the ETF, the ICS and the ITF addressed a joint letter to Commission President Von der Leyen, Vice President Schinas, Commissioner Johansson and Commissioner Vălean reiterating their call for the European Commission to follow up on the promise to ensure prompt and predictable disembarkation of people in distress at sea rescued by merchant vessels and their crews.
Press Release December 9, 2020
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.
News December 4, 2020
Ahead of the Informal Videoconference of the Ministers of Transport on 8 December 2020, ETF and ECSA urge EU Member States to make the wellbeing of seafarers a priority during the holiday period.
News December 3, 2020
In its response to the upcoming Strategy for a Sustainable and Smart Mobility, the ETF sets out five key pillars to ensure that future industrial policies for transport combine both employment and climate protection and ensure fundamental change to build an environmental and socially sustainable sector.
News December 2, 2020
Union responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and a strong recovery that puts social first were at the heart of discussions when ETF affiliates came together online last week.
News November 26, 2020
The ETUC and ETUFs handed over a petition for more democracy at work to the European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit and MEPs, calling for concrete and rapid actions to guarantee the effective enforcement and compliance of workers’ rights to be informed, consulted and to participate in decision-making before any decision is adopted.
News November 25, 2020
CSA and the ETF are happy to announce that they have appointed ‘Image Line Communications’ as the lead agency to support them with the implementation of the priority actions identified in their joint declaration of intention on the enhanced participation of women in EU shipping.
News November 18, 2020
ETF met with Commissioner Schmit to discuss key issues affecting transport workers. Livia Spera, ETF General Secretary, extended an invitation to build, together with Commissioner Schmit, a new vision for the future of transport work.
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 November 9, 2020
To alert EU Commissioners to the continuing crisis onboard ships and the urgent need for member states to act, ETF addressed a letter to Commissioners Vălean, Schmit and Johansson. Flag states must ensure the repatriation of seafarers stranded at sea. It is not generosity, but an obligation under maritime law.
Press Release October 19, 2020
On 16 October, ELA celebrated a one-year anniversary of its establishment. European trade unions call for a follow-up on existing abuse cases and submitted additional ones. ETF contributed a case concerning the responsibility of flag states Cyprus and Madeira for social security of seafarers.
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.
News October 7, 2020
In honour of World Day for Decent Work, the ETF has released its very first episode of ETF Talks: Conversations that Put Social First! This very first segment, Trade Unions Build Back Better!, focuses on the effects of COVID-19, the vital role of trade unions, the road to recovery, and what the future of transport could look like and what it will look like if workers are not an integral part of it all.
News October 2, 2020
The European Commission published a New Pact on Migration and Asylum. Initial analysis of the text revealed that the document still lacks solidarity, as well as legal clarity and coordinated solutions for cases where commercial vessels and their crew are involved in rescuing migrants and refugees.
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!
News September 23, 2020
ETF Maritime team issues an open letter on World Maritime Day, calling on the EU to be the leading force in working towards true sustainability, in promoting high social and environmental standards, and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
News September 17, 2020
Yesterday, ETF’s sections made their demands on the future EU mobility strategy loud and clear at the Social Partners’ dedicated hearing. Workers must be at the centre of the strategy if the Commission truly wishes to achieve sustainability in transport.
News September 10, 2020
Taking the floor at a panel discussion at ETUC’s annual European Works Council conference, Livia Spera, General Secretary of European Transport Workers’ Federation denounced the many transport companies taking advantage of the crisis to lower working terms and conditions and disrespecting social dialogue and consultation rights at all levels.
Union Action August 7, 2020
Complimentary to our recent letter to the French government on crew changes, our affiliate, national French trade union CGT sent a letter to Annick Girardin, French Minister of the Sea which drew the attention of Sophie Panonacle who has, in turn, sent additional letters to the Minister of the Sea as well as the French Foreign and Europe Minister.
Union Action July 20, 2020
Cooperation between a Rusian union (SUR), a European (ETF) and a global (ITF) federation, resulted in successful repatriation of three Russian seafarers.
News July 16, 2020
Today, European maritime social partners ETF and ECSA met with European transport commissioner, Adina-Ioana Vălean. They discussed the most urgent issues in the industry as well as more long-term measures that can improve the lives of seafarers.
News July 15, 2020
On World Youth Skills Day 2020, the ETF highlights the need for quality training, skills, room for professional development to attract young workers to the transport sector, but above all emphasises the need for decent working conditions!
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.
Press Release July 7, 2020
In the lead up to the European Parliament’s plenary session on 8 July, maritime industry stakeholders call upon European leaders to show political leadership and commitment to the welfare of seafarers.
News July 2, 2020
ETF Maritime section responds to DG Move’s long-awaited report of a study on social aspects of maritime transport in the EU.
News July 1, 2020
ETF responds to the European Commission’s new MoS Detailed Implementation Plan 2020.
News June 29, 2020
Statement June 25, 2020
ECSA and the ETF: The EU has to start acting to resolve the current crew change crisis
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.
News June 12, 2020
ETF and ECSA addressed a letter to Health Ministers today, calling upon them to support collective actions on the national level to ensure crew changes can happen. Time is now!
News June 5, 2020
An ILO webinar on COVID-19 and maritime labour issues took place online this morning, with representatives of various industry stakeholders taking place, including Nautilus International, ETF affiliate, represented by Mark Dickinson.
News June 4, 2020
In anticipation of today’s meeting of the Transport Ministers and tomorrow’s Home Affairs Ministers meeting, ETF and ECSA, together with Cruise Lines International Association and World Shipping Council, addressed a joint letter to ministers.
News May 27, 2020
A new report of the SkillSea project confirms that digitisation and modern technologies have been rapidly changing the maritime sector in recent years. European maritime professionals, both at sea and ashore, need more digital and soft skills to stay ahead of the industry.
News May 26, 2020
ETF and ECSA addressed a letter to the European Commission and from the EU Member States, urging them to take action to ensure seafarers are admitted into the EU Schengen territory for the purpose of joining their ships or to be repatriated.
Statement May 22, 2020
ETF, ECSA and EMPA welcome the recommendations by the European Healthy GateWays and call for a common approach for the health and safety of maritime transport workers and smooth and efficient operations in ports.
Statement May 20, 2020
On May 13, the European Commission adopted guidelines and recommendations to “help Member States lifting the travel restrictions”. What is the real added value of these guidelines for transport workers in the EU? The ETF answers this question with comments, recommendations and sector-specific remarks.
Union Action May 18, 2020
Ver.di took joint action with their social partner German Shipowner Association and provided prepaid mobile phone cards and Wi-Fi boxes to seafarers.
Press Release May 15, 2020
ETF deplores P&O Ferries’ proposal to make 1,100 redundancies amongst key workers in Dover, Hull, Liverpool, Cairnryan and Larne including over 900 UK seafarers. We believe that any public funding received by shipping companies to address the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic should be conditional on the protection of local employment and the Collective Bargaining Agreements with the ETF’s UK affiliates for the long term.
News May 14, 2020
ETF, in cooperation with its social partner ECSA, has urged EU Commissioner for transport Adina-Ioana Vălean to step up coordination efforts to facilitate crew changes in the EU Member States.
Union Action May 8, 2020
The Antwerp Harbour hotel has been co-governed by trade unions for many years. Most of the time, it operates as a regular hotel, but since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, its role has grown significantly.
Union Action May 6, 2020
Ukrainian Marine Transport Worker’s Trade Union has had its hands full in the past months, addressing the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to negotiations and offering advice to members, they have also been providing community support in the form of financial assistance, PPE and other key protective equipment.
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.
Statement April 28, 2020
Today, we remember the dead and fight for the living! Transport workers deserve dignity and safety at work and we are fighting for their rights!
Union Action April 27, 2020
Border closures and travel restrictions put in place in response to COVID-19 have created miserable conditions onboard ships. Three of the ETF affiliate unions report on their actions in securing the easier movement of seafarers.
Union Action April 24, 2020
Recently, the Czech Ministry of Transport adopted extraordinary measures concerning Czech seafarers. The work of Czech Trade Union of Seafarers was key in getting the measure in place swiftly.
Worker's Story April 22, 2020
Kees Wiersum, a Dutch captain, shares some insights into the life on board during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statement April 22, 2020
In the light of the upcoming German Presidency in the Council of the European Union, the ETF has addressed a letter to Andreas Scheuer, Germany’s Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. We pinpoint the issues in the transport sector that are currently of the utmost urgency in the context of the COVID-19 crisis as well as outline our priorities for the future EU transport policy.
News April 15, 2020
While some action has been taken by the European Commission to address the issues related to COVID-19, much more is required to ensure the safety and wellbeing of transport workers. ETF responds to this situation with a letter to Commissioner Vălean.
News April 10, 2020
ETF prepared an overview of EU legislation that protects workers’ right to protective equipment in the workplace.
Statement April 3, 2020
Frank Moreels, president of European Transport Workers’ Federation, is urging European leaders to take heed as the COVID-19 crisis further exposes the cracks in the foundation of the transport industry.
Union Action April 2, 2020
Our affiliates are hard at work defending workers’ rights! You can find their actions here!
Worker's Story March 30, 2020
Statement March 26, 2020
In response to the recent CBER prolongation, social partners sent a letter to the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, expressing their disapproval of the decision pointing to the negative consequences of this action. The decision was not subject to a proper prior evaluation of effects and will likely have detrimental effects on many companies and workers of the logistics and supply chains in the EU.
Statement March 19, 2020
In the wake of the informal meeting of the Council of Transport Ministers, the ETF has once again sent a letter to Commissioner Vălean. The ETF waited for the outcome of this meeting, in hopes that concrete measures to protect our transport workers would emerge from it. What emerged was the exact opposite, and we are extremely disappointed in the Council’s (un)willingness to tackle this safety emergency that poses a threat, which grows by the minute, for transport workers.
News March 19, 2020
As part of the SkillSea project, a new report was released – Current Skills Needs: Reality and Mapping.
Researchers surveyed more than 1,600 maritime professionals – 1,149 seafarers and 474 shore-based personnel – to get their views on the adequacy of current maritime training and education and what they consider to be the most important skills needs.
Statement March 18, 2020
Maritime transport Social Partners – ETF and ECSA – sent a letter to the Ministers of Transport ahead of the meeting of European Union Transport Ministers on the implications of COVID-19 on transport.
In view of the vital importance of shipping and related services for the EU and its citizens, ECSA and ETF call on the European Commission and the Member States to take decisive and assertive action in facilitating the supply chains and seafarer travel, providing much-needed support to the industry and workforce.
News March 17, 2020
Ahead of tomorrow’s extraordinary meeting of the Council of Transport Ministers, the ETF is once again reiterating its previous demands to the European Commission and has sent an overview of the latest developments in the transport industry.
Statement March 13, 2020
ETF is now once again calling upon the Commission to take concrete action to protect Europe’s transport workers as new developments arise every day. Reports received from around Europe show that some employers are not taking the pandemic seriously, and are putting workers in danger with their failure to act appropriately.
On Wednesday, EU Transport Ministers adopted the Opatija Declaration on the future outlook of EU Waterborne Transport.
ETF welcomes the attention given to some of the ongoing industry challenges, and at the same time highlights several points that we believe merit further consideration and follow-up both of the EU Member States and the European Commission.
News March 9, 2020
In view of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and its on impact transport workers, we sent a letter to Adina Vălean, Commissioner for Transport and Nicolas Schmit, Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights where we outlined our concerns, and what a plan to remedy the current situation should look like.
Event February 25, 2020
Last week, European Shipping Week 2020 was held in Brussels, organised by the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA). This year, the ETF Maritime Transport section took part in a variety of ways, with trade union representatives from nine different countries attending and contributing to the programme.
Event February 10, 2020
In addition to an event on seafarers’ employment organised by ETF affiliates, we will be involved in a number of other events together with the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA). We will be presenting results from joint projects and upcoming activities, as well as offer a better insight into the perspective of seafarers in terms of skills needs, digitalization, and equal opportunities.
News January 20, 2020
News January 17, 2020
Obtaining a valid visa to go on shore, is an important aspect of seafarers’ wellbeing. Shore leave is a right for every seafarer and after spending many nights onboard it is paramount for maintaining good health. When ships are in ports, seafarers should, therefore, be able to easily leave the ship regardless of their nationality. Existing procedures within the EU however often impede on time granting of visas to seafarers. This has a major impact on their mental health and wellbeing. ETF, therefore, calls on EU Member States to ensure the implementation of the Code is adequately applied to seafarers.
Statement January 15, 2020
On 14 January, the European Commission launched First phase consultation of Social Partners on a possible action addressing the challenges related to fair minimum wages. While the ETF strongly believes that workers of Europe need a pay rise, we don’t support simplistic approaches and half-baked solutions that could endanger the autonomy of social partners around the continent. A simple prescriptive mechanism cannot solve wage stagnation – instead, we need to address the core causes of it, such as precarious work, anti-union measures, digitalisation, and austerity.
Statement December 18, 2019
The work of the ETF has always been about decent work, decent life, and justice. All of these themes are central to today’s International Migrants Day, the day that combines the aspirations of migrants – people searching for a decent life, decent work, and struggling for justice.
News December 18, 2019
On 11 and 12 December, workers and union representatives from the water transport sectors met in Hamburg for a workshop on automation and digitalisation. The workshop is part of the project ETF Automation & Digitalisation Toolkit, aimed at developing tools to empower workers during the processes of automation and digitalization (A&D).
News December 16, 2019
Who are you, young transport workers in Europe? We are curious to know what you think about your work and the future of the sector. What are some of the main issues you face at work and are trade unions there to help you overcome them? How can we do better? Please fill in our short survey!
Statement December 11, 2019
ETF welcomes the European Commission’s Communication on the European Green Deal. As representatives of transport workers in Europe, we are perfectly aware that in order to mitigate climate change it is crucial to transform the transport sector. In this first reaction to the Communication, we want to highlight several issues that are crucial for transport workers.
News December 5, 2019
We stand with our French affiliates and support their national strike. May their voices be heard! Solidarity.
News November 25, 2019
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ETF’s Acting General Secretary, Livia Spera, has joined other women trade union leaders in signing a letter to the European Commission President-designate Ursula von der Leyen, and Equality Commissioner-designate, Helena Dalli, on their proposals to increase EU action against violence against women.
News November 19, 2019
The lack of accessible sanitation facilities and sufficient break times is an issue that heavily affects transport workers in all sectors. That’s why today of all days especially, the ETF calls for safe, decent and sufficient toilets and other sanitation facilities for all transport workers in Europe.
Event November 5, 2019
ETF presented its concept of a European maritime Space for Socially Sustainable Shipping to a wide range of high-level stakeholders at the Fair Shipping Conference on 5 November 2019 in Brussels. The Commission was called on to take action and consider the concept as a possible way to address social dumping in European waters.
Event October 24, 2019
Just Yesterday, October 23, ETF Seafarers and Dockers wrapped up the closing event of their joint EU-funded project for a stronger and more sustainable European maritime sector. This final seminar was dedicated to identifying common priorities and developing joint activities and strategies for the coming years. ETF Dockers and Seafarers finished by agreeing on a shared action plan and committing to systematically continue cooperation through joint meetings and campaigns both on a European and an international level.
Event October 16, 2019
ETF will present its proposal for a European Maritime Space for Socially Sustainable Shipping during the Fair Shipping Conference on November 5, 2019. Join the debate and discuss alongside key policymakers from the European Commission, experts, and stakeholders!
News September 20, 2019
ETF joins the Global Action Week for Climate and calls for climate justice for transport workers!
Statement July 3, 2019
An Italian judge has ordered the release of the captain of the Sea Watch 3, a migrant rescue ship who had been arrested for breaking an Italian naval blockade after saving the lives of 40 migrants in the Mediterranean. Her release is a victory for justice, but this humanitarian crisis cannot be tackled by NGOs or merchant ships alone. The EU and its Member States must work together to save lives and share the burden of dealing with this crisis.
News June 20, 2019
Workers at the Dutch tug company continue their fight to get their overtime paid. Instead of working for free, they decided to do voluntary work in a different way: they got elderly people from a retirement home on board of boats and gave them a tour of the port!
Worker's Story June 12, 2019
A tug captain from Antwerp has issued an SOS call, asking for action against social dumping in the sector. His story highlights a specific case of unfair competition in Belgium, but it is a story that will echo with tug captains across Europe. The ETF is building a network of tug captains, and we will stand with them in their struggle to defend decent pay and conditions in this vital profession.
News May 24, 2019
At the ITF-OECD Summit on “Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration”, we discussed subsidies and non-European investment in the maritime and port industries. Subsidies are needed to protect Europe’s shipping sector from unfair competition, but they should be tied to the creation of jobs, decent conditions, training and the greening of the sector.
Press Release May 9, 2019
Today our Executive Committee, meeting in London, approved the nomination of Livia Spera as Acting General Secretary. Livia was until now the Political Secretary for Dockers and Fisheries, and will take on the role immediately.
News April 30, 2019
Despite the actions undertaken in the recent days, the Svitzer workers from The Netherlands are forced to strike today since the company refuses to have meaningful negotiations on legitime pay rise and better conditions for tug workers.
Press Release April 18, 2019
The establishment of a European Maritime Single Window environment should deliver a long-awaited administrative simplification for masters and officers working onboard ships calling at EU ports. This should contribute to reducing stress and fatigue, and should be accompanied by adequate training and support from staff ashore.
Statement April 16, 2019
MEPs have voted on the Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions Directive. The package will give enhanced rights to some categories of workers, but seagoing workers are still excluded. A joint letter with EPSU, EuroCOP and EUROMIL expresses our disappointment.
News April 10, 2019
The ETF Tug Committee expresses its solidarity to the Dutch colleagues fighting for better conditions in Svitzer.
Press Release April 4, 2019
The ETF welcome today’s vote in the EU Parliament on the minimum level of training for seafarers. There was indeed substantial scope for improving the efficiency of the administrative framework regarding the mutual recognition of training and certification systems foreseen under directive 2008/106/EC.
Statement March 29, 2019
As we celebrate the success of our Fair Transport campaign, we are already at work creating the ETF of the future. A special conference gathered affiliates to set a course and explore new ways of working. Commitment was strong, and now it is time to build an even stronger federation for Europe’s transport workers!
News March 27, 2019
Workers from every corner of Europe and every transport sector brought our campaign to a dizzying end. Thousands marched on the European Commission demanding decent work and the end of social dumping.
News March 26, 2019
It’s the final day of actions around Europe, and many affiliates start their journey to Brussels. Meanwhile, our rally in Strasbourg attracts the support of MEPs.
Event March 26, 2019
Our Fair Transport action week is for workers and policymakers all over Europe. But of course the European Parliament is a very special audience for us. That is why hundreds of transport workers from different countries were in Strasbourg today for a demonstration with trade unions and MEPs.
News March 25, 2019
The third day of our action week saw workers demanding fair transport on boats, underground, at ports and at airports…
News March 24, 2019
Day 2 of our international action week sees another impressive mix of actions, debate and personal stories – as ever more workers start the trip to Brussels for our demonstration on 27 March.
News March 23, 2019
The first day of our Fair Transport action week is behind us and ETF affiliates have already taken part all over Europe. We are astonished at the support that we got in only 36 hours.
News March 21, 2019
International solidarity works!
Event March 21, 2019
Participants from 10 countries meet to talk about the challenges facing the tug sector and its workers. We committed to further cooperation and also discussed future dialogue with representatives of tug industry employers.
News March 19, 2019
ETF affiliates in Belgium, Italy, Spain and UK are flying the flag in support of our Fair Tugging Campaign!
News February 27, 2019
In just one month, thousands of workers will be converge on Brussels for a huge demo to mark the high point of our Fair Transport Europe campaign against social dumping. We will march through the city and raise our voice to demand that politicians and employers put an end to exploitation and unfair competition!
Event February 18, 2019
Ever-larger shipping alliances have a huge impact on both the maritime transport and port sectors – and their workers. Now the EU is planning to update its Consortium Block Exemption Regulation, so we brought maritime and port workers together to decide our position on the issue.
News February 5, 2019
Seafarers and fishermen are often denied basic rights granted to onshore workers. Now they could once again pay a heavy price. EU member states are about to finalise new rules that would exclude seagoing workers from the right to basic information about their own working conditions. How can they justify that?
Statement December 17, 2018
In the context of the migrant crisis and the many casualties in the Mediterranean Sea, the ETF calls on shipowners to support masters and crew being criminalised for rescuing people in distress and demands EU Member States to invest in more and better rescue services.
News December 6, 2018
Brexit has all kinds of implications. Seafarers holding Certificates of Competency (CoC) issued by the UK risk losing opportunities for employment. We urge the European Commission and EU member states to agree a pragmatic solution.
Statement November 27, 2018
European social partners for maritime transport release joint declaration of intention. This is just part out work for equal opportunities in transport, and follows the thematic workshop we held in June 2018.
Event November 21, 2018
The second in our series of four joint seminars looked to the future, giving workers and unions the knowledge they need to change policy.
News November 20, 2018
European maritime sector receives EU funding for a ‘SkillSea’ project for sectoral co-operation on skills and training.
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Statement June 21, 2018
At its first meeting the ETF Tug Steering Committee sent a solidarity message to workers on the Panama Canal.
News June 21, 2018
Jacques Kerkhof (Belgium) will be Chair and Richard Crease (UK) as Vice-Chair.
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European shipowners and transport workers are jointly marking International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
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After years of legal stalemate, ETF affiliate RMT and the Scottish Government made a joint approach to the European Commission in April 2016 over the possibility of using ‘Teckal’ case law to exempt public contracts for Scottish ferry services from the tendering requirements of Maritime Cabotage Regulation 3577/92. The European Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc replied to the Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP on 22 September 2016 that a Teckal exemption could apply to the Maritime Cabotage Regulation, although the…
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ETF/ITF Tug Conference issued solidarity statement
Statement September 21, 2015
Major tug operators are consolidating in order to increase profit margins by imposing unfair tariffs and demands on local tug operators.
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ETF and ITF affiliates declare their renewed intention to engage in closer cooperation…
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