Action

Thousands of workers block Brussels for Fair Transport

27 Mar

Today was the day. After a year-long campaign and over 100 actions across Europe, it was time to take to the streets. Thousands of workers from unions all over the continent travelled to Brussels. The diversity of the sectors, slogans and signs show that we are right: social dumping and exploitation are felt in all […]

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Transport workers, trade unions and MEPs all together for a Fair Transport

26 Mar

Our Fair Transport action week is for workers and policymakers all over Europe. But of course the European Parliament is a very special audience for us. That is why hundreds of transport workers from different countries were in Strasbourg today for a demonstration with trade unions and MEPs. The event, in front of the European Parliamant […]

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Belgium: Social dumping kills. A warning for coach drivers in Brussels

26 Mar

🚌👊 It’s just one day until our massive #FairTransport demo in Brussels, and @btb_abvv are at Brussel’s South Station. They’re hanging signs on coaches, warning that social dumping in the bus + coach sector isn’t just exploitation of workers…it’s dangerous for everyone. pic.twitter.com/6o86l7qe7k — ETF-Europe (@ETF_Europe) March 26, 2019

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ITALY: LA STAFFETTA STOPS IN GENOA

26 Mar

Italian ETF affiliates FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UIL Trasporti are mobilising from the south to the north of Italy for our Fair Transport campaign. Their STAFFETTA (relay race) will stop in different cities to demand quality jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for all transport workers. The action coincides with a national air transport strike. In Rome […]

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ITALY: LA STAFFETTA STOPS IN MILAN

26 Mar

Italian ETF affiliates FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UIL Trasporti are mobilising from the south to the north of Italy for our Fair Transport campaign. Their STAFFETTA (relay race) will stop in different cities to demand quality jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for all transport workers. The action coincides with a national air transport strike. In Rome […]

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Switzerland: fighting for a fair visa policy for river cruise crews!

25 Mar

The river cruise sector is booming and it can afford to treat its workers with dignity and respect! Today in Basel, ETF affiliate Nautilus stood against the push for a revision of the Swiss visa policy, which would mean lower wages, more uncertain terms and poorer working conditions for Indonesian and Filipino crew members. The race […]

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Belgium: Dockers for drivers in the port of Antwerp

25 Mar

Solidarity between transport workers from different sectors is at the heart of our campaign for Fair Transport. We all face the same problems of social dumping, exploitation and unfair competition, so let’s stand together to fight for dignity at work! Today in Antwerp, dockers in the unions BTB, ACV-Transcom and ACLVB have been sharing the Fair […]

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GERMANY: DOCKERS IN BREMERHAVEN INSIST THAT LASHING IS DOCKERS WORK!

25 Mar

The ETF-ITF lashing campaign is a key part of Fair Transport: attaching cargo to ships is a skilled and safety-critical task, which should only be carried out by trained dock workers. Indeed, there are now global agreements in place that confirm this. We’re now campaign hard to make sure this agreement is properly implemented in […]

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Germany: Dockers in Hamburg insist that lashing is dockers work!

25 Mar

The ETF-ITF lashing campaign is a key part of Fair Transport: attaching cargo to ships is a skilled and safety-critical task, which should only be carried out by trained dock workers. Indeed, there are now global agreements in place that confirm this. We’re now campaign hard to make sure this agreement is properly implemented in […]

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Netherlands: FNV demands Fair Transport for dockers and other transport workers

25 Mar

The transport and dockers sections of Dutch trade union FNV have taken joint action for Fair Transport as part of their campaign for decent pensions. Transport work is often heavy labour in difficult and dangerous conditions, which requires clear focus and quick reactions. So it is preposterous and cruel to propose reforms that would see transport […]

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ITALY: LA STAFFETTA STOPS IN Bologna

25 Mar

Italian ETF affiliates FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UIL Trasporti are mobilising from the south to the north of Italy for our Fair Transport campaign. Their STAFFETTA (relay race) will stop in different cities to demand quality jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for all transport workers. The seventh stop is Bologna airport in conjunction with a national […]

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ITALY: LA STAFFETTA STOPS IN Florence

25 Mar

Italian ETF affiliates FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UIL Trasporti are mobilising from the south to the north of Italy for our Fair Transport campaign. Their STAFFETTA (relay race) will stop in different cities to demand quality jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for all transport workers. The sixth stop is the wonderful city of Florence!

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ITALY: LA STAFFETTA STOPS IN ROME

25 Mar

Italian ETF affiliates FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UIL Trasporti are mobilising from the south to the north of Italy for our Fair Transport campaign. Their STAFFETTA (relay race) will stop in different cities to demand quality jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for all transport workers. The action coincides with a national air transport strike. In Rome […]

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Denmark: YTF convoy visits transport fair in Herning

24 Mar

[The article was originally published in Norwegian by YTF. All photos by Christian Lind.] After yesterday’s departure from Oslo the YTF lorry took the Stena Line to Fredrikshavn, and arrived on Saturday morning in Jutland and Herning. Out of the cab jumped Jan Arne Laberget, head of YTF Logistics, and federal leader Jim Klungnes. They […]

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Seafarers and dockers meet in Gdynia to grill politicians

24 Mar

Seafarers and dockers often stand together in their struggles for better working conditions. After all, their two sectors are closely entwined, and neither could exist without the other. This was once more the case today in Gdynia, Poland. ETF Affiliate unions Polish Seafarers’ Union, Solidarność and the Federation of Seafarers organised an event for dockers and […]

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UK: YOUNG WORKERS BACK FAIR TRANSPORT FOR EUROPE

24 Mar

The Trades Union Congress is the highest body in the UK trade union movement. Today their Young Workers Conference sent a resounding message of solidarity to the Fair Transport Europe campaign, as delegates unanimously approved a motion in support of the campaign from Nautilus. ETF affiliates TSSA and RMT also stood to back the motion, […]

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Nordic transport unions standing together for Fair Transport

23 Mar

Transport workers and unions across the Nordic region are standing up for Fair Transport in Europe and lots of them are converging on the Transport Trade Fair in Herning, Denmark. For example the Nordic Transport Workers’ Federation met up with Denmark’s 3F at the event. Meanwhile we’ve been overwhelmed by messages of support from NTF […]

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ITALY: LA STAFFETTA STOPS IN NAPLES

23 Mar

Italian ETF affiliates FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UIL Trasporti are mobilising from the south to the north of Italy for our Fair Transport campaign. Their STAFFETTA (relay race) will stop in different cities to demand quality jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for all transport workers. The fourth stop is the beautiful Naples!  

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ITALY: LA STAFFETTA stops in Bari

22 Mar

Italian ETF affiliates FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UIL Trasporti are mobilising from the south to the north of Italy for our Fair Transport campaign. Their STAFFETTA (relay race) will stop in different cities to demand quality jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for all transport workers. These are their colorful pictures from the third stop: Bari!

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Italy: FLAI CGIL for a fair fishing in Europe

22 Mar

On 22 March, FLAI CGIL took action in Talamone to promote a fair fisheries sector in Europe. The event was the occasion to present a marble block sculpted by Aurora Avvantaggiato. The sculpture will be deposited on the seabed in front of Talamone next month as a message against illegal fishing. The symbolic initiative has […]

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Romania: taking the Fair Transport message underground

22 Mar

Today, ETF affiliate USLM (ATU) have been sharing Fair Transport messages throughout Bucharest metro system. Passengers and transport workers learnt more about our huge campaign against social dumping in Europe. Also, on 22 March, transport workers from ATU Romania and USLM organised a protest in front of the Ministry of Transport to mark the beginning […]

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Romania: dockers and seafarers stand together for Fair Transport

22 Mar

This morning dockers and seafarers from our affiliate unions FNSP and SLN gathered at the port of Constanța to support our Fair Transport campaign. They did this at the exact moment we were launching our final action week in Brussels! Seafarers are the first to suffer from uncontrolled and unfair competition in the maritime industry. The ETF […]

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ITALY: LA STAFFETTA stops in Reggio Calabria

22 Mar

Italian ETF affiliates FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UIL Trasporti are mobilising from the south to the north of Italy for our Fair Transport campaign. Their STAFFETTA (relay race) will stop in different cities to demand quality jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for all transport workers. Here is the picture from the second stop: Reggio Calabria!

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Italy: la staffetta sets off from Palermo

22 Mar

Italian ETF affiliates FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UIL Trasporti are mobilising from the south to the north of Italy for our Fair Transport campaign. Their STAFFETTA (relay race) will stop in different cities to demand quality jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for all transport workers. First stop? The beautiful city of Palermo!   #Lavoratori dei […]

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Brussels: Launch Breakfast for Fair Transport Action Week

22 Mar

We’re off! The Fair Transport action week launched with a breakfast event in Brussels. ETF President Frank Moreels and our Secretary General Eduardo Chagas presented the visionand demands of our campaign to journalists and union federations, then described the coordinated wave of actions against that will sweep through Europe in the coming days. Indeed, today will already […]

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Tug workers meet in London. Let’s fight together for fair conditions!

21 Mar

On 21 March 2019 the ETF affiliates organising tug workers met in London for the Tug Network meeting. Representatives from Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia and United Kingdom gathered to discuss the challenges facing the sector, whcih include excessive competition, automatisation, new contract models and the requirements for a level […]

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Turkey: DHL workers show their solidarity for Fair Transport

21 Mar

ETF affiliate TÜMTİS is fully supporting our Fair Transport Campaign against social dumping and exploitation in the transport sector! Our Turkish colleagues are very special because they fought a long battle for union recognition at DHL-Express. This unleashed a wave of solidarity and support from workers and unions around the world. Their huge committment was […]

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Germany’s ver.di joins the movement for Fair Transport in Europe

20 Mar

ver.di is the second biggest union in Germany, and this week their transport section held its conference. Delegates from all federal states and transport sectors met in Berlin to set the course for the coming years. European issues have a huge impact on German transport workers, and the Fair Transport campaign was high on the […]

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Spain: Fair Tugging actions around Europe

19 Mar

Our Fair Tugging campaign has kicked off! ETF affiliates across the continent are joining the campaign with tugs to fight back against the policies of global tug operators and the aggressive competition that is pushing down workers’ terms and conditions. They demand a level playing field for tug workers in Europe. These are the pictures […]

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Belgium: Fair Tugging actions around Europe

19 Mar

Our Fair Tugging campaign has kicked off! ETF affiliates across the continent are joining the campaign with tugs to fight back against the policies of global tug operators and the aggressive competition that is pushing down workers’ terms and conditions. They demand a level playing field for tug workers in Europe. Tugs in the Port […]

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Italy: Fair Tugging actions around Europe

19 Mar

Our Fair Tugging campaign has kicked off! ETF affiliates across the continent are joining the campaign with tugs to fight back against the policies of global tug operators and the aggressive competition that is pushing down workers’ terms and conditions. They demand a level playing field for tug workers in Europe. Italian ETF affiliates took […]

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Belgium: ACV Transcom denounces malpractices in lease agencies

18 Mar

ACV Transcom informed workers at DHL-Aviation Brussels Hub about malpractices in lease agencies. 114 out of 243 registered lease agencies in Belgium systematically don’t communicate the motives for temporary work. Belgian law prescribes that the motives to deploy agency workers have to be communicated to the Sectoral Social Fund. This measure avoids abuse of agency […]

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Italy: Naples dock strike unleashes European wave of solidarity

13 Mar

On 13 March, the local branches of Italian unions FILT-CGIL, FIT-CISL and UILTRASPORTI took strike action in the port of Naples. Grandi Navi Veloci (a company owned by MSC) recently submitted a request to the Naples port authority to carry out self-handling on its ferries operating between Palermo and Naples. Along with requesting self-handling, GNV […]

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Norwegian Seafarers’ Union takes action to defend maritime jobs

10 Mar

As a contribution to our Fair Transport Europe campaign, the Norwegian Seafarers’ Union has sent us a remarkable set of pictures which highlight the work undertaken by maritime inspectors, shop stewards and workers to defend jobs and to improve the working conditions on board of maritime vessels. Ship visit by one of Norwegian Seafarers’ Union […]

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Belgian dockers stand up for equality on Womens’ Day

8 Mar

On 8 March, it was International Women’s Day! Women dockworkers of the Belgian trade union BTB held a successful gathering in the Port of Antwerp. Transport sector is gradually opening up to women. However, many workplace cultures are still very much male-focused. The sector also needs equal access to employment with equal pay and career […]

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Trade unions prominent at EASA Ground Handling Conference

7 Mar

On 7 March, a first Ground Handling Conference took place at the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Headquarters in Cologne. The ETF was able to give vital input during the preparatory workshops of the Ground Handling Focus Group, conference calls and interviews. All together, the conference was an important and successful event. It marked the […]

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Poland: taxi drivers picket for decent working and living conditions

5 Mar

On 5 March the Inter-Enterprise Commission of NSZZ “Solidarność” Vocational Taxi Drivers held a picket together with the planned Tripartite Team on Road Transport at the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction to demand fair transport and respect for professional drivers. The main goal of the meeting was to present proposals to solve the problems […]

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Belgium: ACV Transcom denounces new legislation for taxi companies

27 Mar

On 27 February, ACV Transcom and the Belgian Taxi Federation (Febet) took action outside the Flemish Parliament in Belgium. They voiced deep concern about the consequences of the new taxi legislation. A full deregulation, both in terms of rates and in terms of the number of taxis, will play into the hands of digital platforms […]

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The Netherlands: hundreds march for a fair retirement age

21 Feb

On 21 February, hundreds of union members from all sectors joined the ‘March of the arduous professions‘ organised by FNV Havens in Rotterdam. Fair Transport also means a fair retirement age for transport workers, who often work in shifts and have physically demanding professions. That is why FNV Havens will mobilise its members during the Fair Transport Action Week […]

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Ireland: SIPTU protest for fair wages at Irish Ferries

8 Feb

On 8 February, Irish and UK unions SIPTU, RMT and Nautilus held protests on both sides of the Irish Sea to raise public awareness of Irish Ferries’ continued determination to navigate around the Irish national minimum wage by using fellow seafarers from countries where labour is much cheaper. These coordinated actions for fair wages and […]

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UK: RMT protest for jobs, pay and trade union rights at Irish Ferries

8 Feb

On 8 February, Irish and UK unions SIPTU, RMT and Nautilus held protests on both sides of the Irish Sea to raise public awareness of Irish Ferries’ continued determination to navigate around the Irish national minimum wage by using fellow seafarers from countries where labour is much cheaper. These coordinated actions for fair wages and […]

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Italian trade unions discuss the future of dockwork with MEP Brando Benifei

7 Feb

At the legendary headquarters of the Genoa labour pool, we organised a meeting with MEP Brando Benifei about the future of port work. All three Italian transport federations (FIT CGL, FILT CISL and UILTrasporti) were present at the meeting. All together, more than 100 dockworkers, politicians, researchers, academics, port authorities, terminal operators and other maritime stakeholders […]

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The Netherlands: FNV demands quality jobs in ports

28 Jan

On 28 January 2019, members of FNV Havens – a Dutch ETF affiliate – from the container and lashing sectors gathered to demand that employers and institutions take urgent action to make sure that port jobs are quality jobs. In preparation of the European action week for our Fair Transport campaign that will take place […]

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Norway: leafleting in the snow

9 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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Italy: Demonstration at the French-Italian border

9 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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Netherlands: Border blockade

9 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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Romania: Bucharest commuters learn about the Mobility Package

8 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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Romania: Raising awareness on the Romanian-Hungarian border

8 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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Belgium: Bus drivers and passengers at Brussels North Station

8 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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Sweden: travellers learn about the dangers of a bad Mobility Package

8 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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UK: Taking the message to Victoria Coach Station

8 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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Belgium: Road blocks

7 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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Italy: Welcome party at port of Genoa; leafleting in 10 Italian cities

7 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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Poland: ports and supermarkets learn about the Mobility Package danger

9 Jan

On 10 January, the Transport Committee of the European Parliament has a crucial vote about the EU Mobility Package. These deliberations will have a major impact on bus and truck drivers’ work and rest schedule, on their wages and on the safety of all road users in Europe. Trade unions across Europe take actions this […]

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ETF Youth Committee meets delegation of young Turkish workers

12 Dec

On 12-13 December, the ETF Youth Committee gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, to discuss the challenges facing young transport workers across Europe. As part of our Fair Transport campaign, the committee also met with a delegation of young Turkish workers. Hailing from different parts of the transport sector, 10 highly-committed young workers representing ETF-affiliated unions BTS, […]

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Spain: FSC-CCOO discusses Fair Transport with policymakers

12 Dec

On 12 December, Spanish transport union FSC-CCOO will discuss the Fair Transport campaign with Spanish policymakers. The theme of these exchanges is “Mobility and Inter-modality in Transport”. Workers, their union representatives and policymakers will discuss the current trends in the sector and exchange views on how to guarantee quality jobs, enforceable rules and the wellbeing […]

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Italy: Fair Transport @ 11th National Congress of FILT CGIL

27 Nov

On 27 and 28 November, ETF affiliate FILT CGIL held its 11th National Congress in Milan, Italy. 475 delegates, 317 men and 158 women, from all over Italy took part in the meetings. Together they represent 150.000 members in the transport industry. The Congress began with a commemoration of Alessandro Rocchi, FILT CGIL’s former General […]

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Denmark: Rally for 900 Danish bus drivers

18 Nov

On 18 November in Odense 926 Danish bus drivers gathered for a huge rally. Their aim: To wake up Danish politicians in order to secure realistic timetables and real breaks for the drivers in Danish public transport. The rally was followed up by a series of local meetings. Danish drivers, transport workers and passengers also sent […]

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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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Hungary: KSZOSZ congress voices expectations for Fair Transport

30 Oct

On 30 Oktober, KSZOSZ (Federation of Road Transport Workers’ Union) held its congress in Budapest, Hungary. Coming out in support of the Fair Transport campaign, the union highlighted the following more serious problems to be addressed at the national and European level: 1. The abolition of the early retirement institutions was not followed by the establishment […]

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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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Denmark: Drivers Rally for Fair Transport and a fair mobility package

22 Sep

On 22 and 23 September in Kolding, 200 Danish bus and lorry drivers gathered for a rally to demand Fair Transport and Nordic wages for drivers working in Denmark and other Nordic countries. The drivers and the rally discussed how to influence the ongoing discussions about new rules for bus and lorry drivers and new rules […]

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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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Denmark: Europe in flames – Fair Transport or free competition?

16 Jun

On 16 June, during the Danish Festival for Lobbyist in Bornholm, politicians and people, 3F Transport Union facilitated a debate about Fair Transport in a borderless Europe.  Member of the European Parliament Jens Rohde (ALDE), Former Danish Transport Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr (GREENS), Jan Villadsen, (President of 3F Transport and member of the ETF Management Committee), Michael […]

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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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