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In an appeal between trade union FNV and IKEA subcontractor Brinkman Trans Holland, a Dutch court has decided that national labour rules must also apply to foreign drivers that are running freight operations from the Netherlands. “This is a very important decision for international road transport”, says FNV spokesperson Edwin Ateman. “IKEA has Brinkman doing […]

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Seafaring unions from Ireland and the UK have launched a new offensive to halt the decline of employment opportunities for their national residents. Over the last 30 years, the number of UK ratings in the merchant navy has fallen by two thirds. The reason for this drastic fall is the persistent problem of social dumping […]

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Justice for DHL workers in Turkey

July 24, 2018 - 09:04

The campaign for Fair Transport has scored a new victory. After months of dispute, DHL Express Turkey is finally willing to enter into negotiations with the workers’ representatives of the TÜMTIS union. In September 2017, DP-DHL made a global promise to recognise unions everywhere. But despite the fact that Turkish courts recognised TÜMTIS as the […]

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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 outcome of the vote was proof positive that months of concerted union effort can bring results at the heart […]

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Everyday thousands of Romanian truckers are on our roads, driving for Western European transporters who own a (letterbox) company somewhere in Central-Eastern Europe. They are forced to live like nomads in their truck for months at a time, and are not paid the wages they deserve. As the following news reports make clear, strong trade […]

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The UK National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is running a national maritime campaign called SOS2020, providing a significant contribution to the ETF Fair Transport and Fair Shipping Campaigns. The SOS2020 campaign is fighting against social dumping in UK shipping. Many UK seafarers, especially ratings, are facing more and more unfair competition which […]

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Trade unionists in France are organising actions in support of the ETF’s Fair Shipping Campaign. This campaign, as part of Fair Transport Europe, strives for the creation of a European maritime space without social dumping and decent terms and conditions for all crew. At the moment, working conditions for crew are determined by the country […]

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Cette lutte, c’est une lutte légitime! This struggle is a just struggle! With those words, ETF Rail President, Giorgio Tuti brought the solidarity of European trade unions to French railway workers protesting on 22 March – just days before the launch of rolling strike action against President Macron’s liberalising reforms and unjust changes in working conditions. […]

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A meeting in Bad Goisern, Austria, saw unions from four countries discuss how to incorporate the Fair Transport Campaign into their work on railways. Meeting on 26-28 February 2018, the Steering Committee for Cross-Border Cooperation drew workers representatives from the unions OSZ (Czech Republic), SSSLO (Slovenia), EVG (Germany) and ÖGB (Austria). Due to the increasing […]

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