Social Dialogue

Pillars of the Sea

Sea fishing remains one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. We are working with our social partner, Europêche, to make it safer. We are developing guidelines on medical examinations and the recruitment of migrant fishers. We are also pushing EU member states to implement international agreements that will make our seas a better place to work.

7 Aug 2019

It’s all on track for women in rail!

Social partners ETF and CER have given a green light for the start of negotiations on an autonomous agreement about women in rail. Meeting at the Rail Social Dialogue Steering Committee, the two organisations also discussed working conditions for mobile workers engaged in cross-border rail services.

5 Jul 2019

Modern challenges for the port sector revealed by EU Social Partners’ joint study

This study is the first-ever attempt to look at how the technological and business choices made by shipping companies impact the main service providers that ships depend on: terminals and their employees. It is now high-time for shipping lines to open discussions with the other actors of the maritime transport chain.

Press Release
27 Jun 2019

Pillars of the Sea 2 – Kick off meeting

ETF and Europêche will work together on a range of projects to guarantee safer and better work for fishers: guidelines for medical examinations and the recruitment of migrant fishers, an updated Fishery Speak app, and lobbying governments to follow international rules.

13 Jun 2019

Social dialogue in UPT: our achievements

We work with our social partners to promote the use of public transport, to improve working conditions, and to strengthen women’s representation. Over the years, we’ve developed a number of joint statements, recommendations and positions. Check out our achievements!

29 May 2019

Good practice and implementation guide: DOs and DON’T DOs (2012)

The Good Practices and Implementation Guide explains the main problems and current developments for women’s employment in the rail sector in the areas of recruiting, reconciliation of work and private life, career and equal pay and overall equality policy,. It suggests actions that should and should not be done to improve women’s employment and it describes ten case studies from six countries in the different areas. This guide will be available in English, French and German.


Women in Rail study (2005)

The study published by ETF and CER in 2005 is available in English, French, German, Hungarian, and Italian. It is the outcome of a one-year project coordinated by the European social partners within the frame of the European sectoral social dialogue and benefited by the financial support of the European Commission. The aims were to provide an overview of the sector from the perspective of women employees and to facilitate exchange of good practice in the area of equal opportunity and integration of women in the railway sector.  Trade unions and employers’ from 11 EU Member States participated in the project and in the survey.


Women in Rail Seminars (2012)

In the framework of the European social dialogue project “Follow-up of the CER – ETF Joint Recommendations ‘Better Representation and Integration of Women in the Railway Sector’: Implementation – Evaluation – Review” three thematic seminars were organised in 2011.



Women in Rail: Comparative study (2012)

Study on the situation of women in the rail sector and on the implementation of the European social partners’ Joint Recommendations. The final report was published in 2012.

The study was conducted on behalf of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) within the EU co-funded project “Follow-up of the CER/ETF Joint Recommendations ‘Better representation and integration of women in the railway sector’ – Implementation- Evaluation- Review”.

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