A meeting of key ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) member union decision makers in London issued a strong warning to the European Commission (EC) today over the future of the continent’s ports.
Docker and seafarer trade union leaders meeting at the ITF’s fair practices committee steering group called for a drastic re-examination of the EC’s handling of the vital national and international resources. Terje Samuelsen, Europe chair of the ITF dockers’ section and chair of the European Transport Workers’ Federation dockers’ section, explained: “The EC’s latest response to the early and justifiied demise of their ports packages seems to be to actively foment infringement procedures against ports where social dialogue between employers and unions is working well. We don’t know whether it’s sour grapes or a desire to smuggle in a new port package under another name, but it’s putting the whole model of successful and productive dialogue at risk.
He promised: “Dockers across Europe will continue to ram home the point to the EC that ‘if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it’.”
The resolution of the ITF fair practices committee steering group, which brings together dockers and seafarers’ unions from across the world, is as follows:
The ITF’s Fair Practices Committee Steering Group meeting in London on 20th – 21st November 2014: