Actions

UK drivers demand Fair Mobility Package

2 Nov

UK trade union Unite visited a truckstop in the heart of England to talk to drivers about the EU Mobility Package, a total reform of the rules governing road transport and freight in Europe. While EU institutions and member states are arguing over how to move forward, investigative reports reveal ever more cases of worker abuse and social dumping in […]

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Austria: road transport unions sign Vienna Declaration

31 Oct

It has been almost 18 months since the European Commission launched its massive reform of the rules governing road transport in Europe, the so-called Mobility Package. But the EU institutions and member states are still arguing over how to move forward. Meanwhile, investigative reports reveal ever more cases of worker abuse and social dumping in the road transport sector. […]

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Austrian unions join our call to end gender-based violence

30 Oct

Assaults, sexual harassment, insults, online hate, threats, bullying or discrimination – violence takes many forms but it is still too often a taboo topic. Countless employees and workers have already experienced or observed violence, but many do not know how to handle it. Unions must find their common voice on this issue. That is why […]

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Estonia: EMSA launches recruitment drive for Fair Transport

24 Oct

Fair Transport is all about decent wages and working conditions for transport workers. Some of the most basic rights of workers are the freedom of association and the right to organise themselves. That’s why we wholeheartedly support the recruitment drive launched by EMSA. In the course of October 2018, the union recruited over 100 new members. […]

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Romania: SLT informs drivers and recruits new members

15 Oct

Between 15 and 19 October 2018, activists from the Transport Workers’ Union (SLT) visited several parkings in Romania. Thanks to vigorous actions like these, Romanian drivers are increasingly aware about their rights. Many are convinced to join the union in its fight against social dumping.      

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Belgium: ACV-Transcom informs bike couriers about their rights

10 Oct

On this action day, ACV-Transcom went to Leuven to listen to the complaints of bike couriers. Union activists did not go to the streets, however. They let the bike couriers come to them with orders for food. The union wanted to know how couriers experience their working conditions and whether they are sufficiently aware of their […]

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Belgium: ACV-Transcom kicks off working year for Fair Transport

6 Oct

On Saturday 6 October, ACV-Transcom kicked off the new working year with a study day for its activists in the maritime and aviation sectors. Youth work and projects of international collaboration were presented as well. The union discussed the many challenges in these sectors (precarious conditions, social dumping, automation . . . ) and adopted […]

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Belgium: BTB, FNV, 3F and SLT inform international drivers about their rights

6 Oct

On Saturday 6 October, BTB organized a seminar on social dumping in the European transport sector. Speakers from Belgium (BTB), the Netherlands (FNV), Denmark (3F) and Romania (SLT) reported on their struggles against unfair business practices, to which the EU is turning a blind eye. Afterward, the unions joined forces to visit Belgian parking lots […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN THE UK

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN SWITZERLAND

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN LUXEMBOURG

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN ITALY

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN CZECHIA

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN AUSTRIA

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN BREMEN

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN MÜNCHEN

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN AUGSBURG

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN ZWICKAU

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN STUTTGART

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN KÖLN

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN HAMBURG

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN ESSEN

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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YOU’RE WELCOME – RAILWAY WORKERS TAKE ACTION IN DORTMUND

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, […]

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You’re Welcome – Railway workers take action in Berlin

4 Oct

On 4 October 2018, Railway workers and their unions had a pan-European action day where workers and union activists mobilised to keep skilled staff on our trains. “You’re Welcome” was the slogan of the action day, echoing the million helpful encounters that European train staff have with their passengers every day. ETF affiliates from Austria, […]

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Belgium: striking workers demand fair deal at Charleroi airport

28 Sep

This was Charleroi airport on the morning of 28 September. Cancelled flights and workers who were unable to freely exercise their right to strike. Ryanair pilots and cabin crew based in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain were striking for 24 hours in response to the company’s continued failure to deliver a fair […]

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ETF EASA experts back Ryanair workers 

26 Sep

At an EASA capacity building project in Zagreb, ETF experts sent out a strong solidarity message to their colleagues who are fighting to secure a fair deal for Ryanair workers. The union representatives expressed their support for the strike actions that will take place in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain on 28 September.

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Roundtable tackles exploitation in Europe’s river cruise sector

20 Sep

On the 20th of September, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) organised a Roundtable in Amsterdam, the epicentre of Europe’s luxurious river cruise industry. The event welcomed employers, worker representatives and other industry stakeholders. Discussion at this gathering centred on the plight of both nautical and hotel staff in the sector, whose dark side has been […]

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Women transport workers launch campaign against workplace violence

18 Sep

Women representatives from transport unions across Europe reached a crucial agreement at the ETF Women’s Committee meeting, held in Rome on 18-19 September. After a round of consultation and deliberation, they decided to launch an ambitious campaign to end gender-based violence. Transport is numerically a male-dominated sector. Still, about 20 percent of all transport workers […]

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Norwegian Seafarers’ Union champions Fair Transport

12 Sep

The Fair Transport campaign endorses the setting up of Women’s Committees or the organisation of Women’s Conferences across the landscape of European transport unions. Pictured above are the women of the Norwegian Seafarers’ Union embracing the message of Fair Transport at their conference (12 September 2018). Pictured below are the young delegates to the congress […]

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TUC Congress backs Fair Transport Europe Campaign

11 Sep

2018 will be remembered as a special year for the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Besides celebrating its 150th anniversary, the British trade union centre also embraced the Fair Transport Europe campaign at its annual Congress. Held in Manchester, 9-12 September, the TUC Congress decided on the priorities of the British trade union movement for the […]

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Romania: USLM protest against mismanagement at Metrorex

20 Aug

During the period of 20-23 and 27-28 August, USLM trade union members protested in front of the Ministry of Transport against the disastrous situation at the Metrorex, reflected in the economic, financial and social blockage. The main claims were: – The lack of qualified staff for the subway service, which can cause a serious traffic […]

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Swedish dockers rally to Fair Transport banners

24 Aug

When workers join forces to defend their rights, the first order of the day is to know what they are aiming for. That’s why Scandinavian trade unions make a habit of consulting their people in order to devise a strategy for the change they want. Honouring this proud custom, the port sector coordinator of the […]

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The Netherlands: demonstration to stop social dumping at Borr Drilling

9 Aug

Threatened with dismissal when their company was taken over by Borr Drilling, a delegation of Paragon staff from Beverwijk (NL) held a demonstration on 9 August in front of the office of Borr Drilling’s largest shareholder: Schlumberger, in The Hague. The demonstration was a joint action of Nautilus International and FNV. They called on this investor to […]

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UK: Nautilus, RMT, Unite and FNV protest social dumping at Borr Drilling

26 Jul

Threatened with dismissal when their company was taken over by Borr Drilling, a deputation of Paragon staff from Beverwijk (NL) held a demonstration on 26 July in front of the Borr Drilling office in Aberdeen, Scotland. The demonstration was a joint action of Nautilus International, RMT, Unite and FNV.  The protesting unions sought to hand over a petition […]

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Belgium: ACV-Transcom distributes brochure on Ryanair

23 Jul

As Ryanair faces a summer of strikes around Europe, ACV-Transcom decided to give passengers a little something to read. A lengthy brochure explains how Ryanair staff pays the price for our cheap tickets. The low wages and unfair working conditions at the low-cost airliner are rightly rejected by all European transport unions.

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Norway: demonstration to stop social dumping at Borr Drilling

13 Jul

Threatened with dismissal when their company was taken over by Borr Drilling, a deputation of Paragon staff from Beverwijk (NL) held a demonstration on 13 July in front of the Borr Drilling office in Oslo. The demonstration was organised together with maritime trade union Nautilus International. The protesters handed over a petition with signatures to Borr Drilling’s CEO Tor Olav Troim and […]

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Ryanair workers converge on Dublin to issue historic charter

4 Jul

Ryanair workers make a bold step in their ongoing struggle for better pay and decent working conditions. Both cabin and ground crew from Ryanair bases across Europe met in Dublin for the first ever Ryanair Crew Summit. At this historic occasion, they have launched a Ryanair Crew Charter outlining the changes the company must make […]

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GERMANY: VER.DI DOCKERS IN HAMBURG SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS

4 Jul

As the European Parliament was voting down the reports on the mobility package, ver.di dockers at the Eurogate Hamburg container terminal continued their actions in support of the ETF Road Transport Section by informing drivers on the dangers of the proposals under discussion. There’s no space for social dumping in our ports! Fair Transport is built on solidarity among all transport […]

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Belgium: BTB-UBT denounces ‘Camping Europe’

3 Jul

Belgian transport workers’ union BTB-UBT displayed its creative approach to campaigning with a simultaneous action in Brussels and Strasbourg. The actions coincided with the important vote in the European Parliament on the EU Mobility Package. The eye-catching theme of the action was “Camping Europe”. On the site of a rest area of the E40 highway, […]

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The Netherlands: protest action to stop social dumping at Borr Drilling

25 Jun

On Monday 25 June, Nautilus and the Paragon staff organized a successful protest action in the port of IJmuiden. The new owner of Paragon, Borr Drilling Limited, wants to close the former Paragon Offshore office in Beverwijk, threatening the jobs of more than 70 employees working at the office or the offshore platforms. Borr Drilling […]

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European unions demand Fair Transport for Turkish DHL workers

8 Jun

Meeting in Budapest to plan the next stage of the Fair Transport Europe Campaign, representatives of trade unions across Europe insisted that DHL must stick to its promises and recognise unions everywhere. That’s Fair Transport. DHL Express Turkey is locked in a long dispute with workers in the union TÜMTIS. The courts have legally recognised TÜMTIS […]

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Italy: Uiltrasporti dockers support international drivers

4 Jun

As the European Parliament Transport Committee votes on the mobility package, dockers in Venice, Naples and Gioia Tauro hand leaflets over to drivers to explain how the rules proposed by the European Commission can make social dumping legal and why we are opposing them!

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Drivers descend on European Parliament to demand fair Mobility Package

29 May

The ETF and its affiliates are running a long-term political campaign for a fair Mobility Package. This package of EU reforms could totally change working life for drivers in Europe. On 29 May 500 drivers and union activists from six countries met in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg to urge MEPs not to […]

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Belgium: ACV-Transcom informs international drivers about their rights

28 May

International drivers are especially vulnerable to exploitation because they are far from home, don’t know the labour laws of the countries they pass through, and often don’t speak the local language. That is why ACV-Transcom organised an action week on different parking spots in Flanders to inform drivers about their rights. Trade union activists distributed […]

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Sweden: Kommunal in 19 towns to warn about rest time for drivers

26 Apr

There is a real risk that the EU’s proposed Mobility Package will significantly reduce rest time for international divers, including in bus and coach services. Many organisations agree that this is a real risk for road safety. As part of the campaign to get a Mobility Package that works for drivers, unions in four countries […]

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Belgium: FGTB-ABVV Action Day against Social Dumping

23 Mar

BTB-UBT, the transport wing of Belgium’s socialist union confederation FGTB-ABVV, made Fair Transport a focus of their annual action day against social dumping. In a series protest and parking visits, the union demanded better conditions for drivers and an end to exploitation and social dumping in the road sector. Speaking to l’Avenir, BTB-UBT deputy federal […]

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European unions unite to defend the right to strike in ATM

23 Feb

Trade union representatives from all over Europe gathered in Brussels to endorse the campaign Our Rights, Your Safety. This campaign takes a stand against the plans of the European Commission to introduce a minimal service. The argument goes that if air traffic controllers in one country lay down their work, colleagues from neighboring countries should take […]

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Belgium: Dutch FNV bring solidarity to BTB-UBT protest against Deliveroo’s dodgy practices

27 Jan

Food delivery service Deliveroo wants to force its riders to become self-employed, and lose the benefits of employed workers. The hyperflexible and precarious nature of gig economy jobs, especially those that are managed through smartphone apps, makes organisation difficult for the workers. But an action in Belgium shows how ETF-affiliated unions are supporting Deliveroo riders […]

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