We shape digital transformation in the railway sector.
Women are seriously under-represented in the workforce of the European railway enterprises. The European social partners for rail are calling for action to promote better integration and participation of women in the railway sector.
Railways are the backbone of a sustainable transport system. For 20 years the Europe’s railway sector has been undergoing constant reforms and restructuring – partly imposed by EU legislation, partly by national governments or company decisions. With the adoption of the 4th Railway Package the EU railway market is now fully liberalised. Competition brings new actors and new business models to the sector, increasing fragmentation. The creation of a Single European Railway Area facilitates cross-border operations and activities. But we see that the liberalisation of the rail freight market, completed in 2006, has not brought more freight transport onto the rails.
In this environment the ETF Railways Section fights social dumping and works to assure railway safety in this open, competitive and fragmented rail market. The ETF is a key actor when it comes to railway policy and promoting railways for the benefit of workers, passengers and the environment.
News December 18, 2020
European social partners in rail, ETF and CER, issued a joint declaration, expressing gratitude to railway workers who worked throughout the pandemic and recognising the key role the sector can play in a green and social future.
News December 15, 2020
The ETF publishes a position paper on digital automatic coupling in European rail freight.
Statement December 10, 2020
The ETF calls for a European Year of Railway Workers. A year that not only focusses on how rail can best achieve to contribute to Europe’s climate neutrality but also on improving the working conditions for railway workers without which the industry would cease to function.