We are all EQUALly different – ETF stands for diversity and inclusivity

24 May 2022

ETF commits to stepping up work on equality issues with Diversity and Inclusivity Event “We are all EQUALly different” in Budapest.

On the occasion of its 6th Ordinary Congress in Budapest, the ETF gathered all together with our unions and guests at our Diversity and Inclusivity event: “We are all EQUALly different”.

Keynote speakers included Livia Spera, ETF Acting General Secretary; Frank Moreels, ETF President; Sara Tripdoi, ETF Women’s Committee Chair; Anna Tari’, Outgoing ETF Youth Co-Chair; James Mitchell of Unite the Union, Dorottya Rédai of Labrisz Lesbian Association, author of « A fairytale for everyone », and Dombos Tamás of Háttér Society.

“The ETF stands for diversity and we are committed to an inclusive society!” Frank Moreels, ETF President

To kick-off, speakers from trade union and activist backgrounds took the floor, and unanimously agreed: We are the people who will make the change. We are the resistance, and if we stand together, we will achieve our goals.

“We must practice what we preach!”, declared Livia Spera.

As trade unions, we are beacons of democracy and defenders of human rights, our movement is inherently diverse and inclusive.  With the rise of the far-right movement, we must lead by example: it is now more important than ever to show our unity in the face of adversity. Our diversity unites us – and we will never give in to attacks on labour, civil and human rights!

The ETF’s vision is Fair Transport and centres workers where human, labour and trade union rights are guaranteed. This vision is inclusive of everyone, and actively supports young and women transport workers, black transport workers, migrant transport workers, transport workers of colour and ethnic minorities, LGBTQI+ transport workers, and transport workers with disabilities, both in the labour market and society.

At ETF Congress, key decisions on the future work programme of ETF will be made, and delegates will vote on the Main Motion, mapping out our work for the next five years which includes more focus on civil rights.