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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]