Issues March 18, 2020
News May 5, 2020
ETF launches an online survey on driver fatigue in European road transport as part of their EU-funded project “Trade unions and drivers for safer roads in Europe”.
Press Release July 9, 2020
MEPs cast their final vote today on the much-awaited Mobility Package, a massive reform of the EU rules governing road transport. The positive vote brings a series of European measures aimed at combating social dumping practices in the transport sector and solidifies the tireless work of ETF towards shaping a fairer road transport sector.
Road transport in the EU employs over 5 million professional bus, coach and freight drivers. Sadly not all of these jobs are high quality. The road transport sector is full of wage exploitation, social dumping and poor working conditions.
One unhappy image that has quickly become associated with road transport is that of truck drivers who spend their weekends eating and sleeping in their vehicle beside busy roads and motorways. Conditions are often shocking, and this practice is becoming even more frequent due to so-called letterbox companies. This business model, designed to avoid some countries’ higher wages and standards, makes road transport a hotbed of social dumping.
Nevertheless, the road transport sector is booming, with unprecedented growth in the volume of freight and the number of passengers. This has gradually led to an increase in drivers’ working hours, to a deterioration of the quality of rest and has negatively impacted the time our professional drivers spend with their families.
There is a huge body of EU law that sets out decent working conditions in road transport, but controls and enforcement lag behind. Now the EU Mobility Package, a wholesale reform of the sector, has endangered even these protections, with liberalising voices in industry and politics calling for less rest and flexibility to pay cross-border drivers’ less money.
Against this backdrop, the ETF’s role is to campaign for the improvement of working conditions in the sector, that can border on slavery. We organise drivers and represent them in our dialogue with the industry. Last but not least, we campaign for better EU laws and better enforcement of these rules.
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 30, 2020
If you are a bus, coach or truck driver and your driving licence, qualification certificate or driver card expired during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will be relieved to learn that some of the renewal deadlines have been extended. As were the deadlines for the completion of the driver periodic training, and the replacement of stolen, lost or damaged driver cards.