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The 5th ordinary congress of the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) has closed in Barcelona. Hundreds of participants from trade unions across Europe have been part of the event which sets out the priorities and areas of focus for the organisation. A session entitled ‘Moving Europe Forward’ was one of the major agenda items addressing […]

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Automation and digitalisation, globalisation, climate change and demographic change were all up for discussion at the second #ETF2017 roundtable event, this time themed around sustainable transport. ETF Vice President Alexander Kirchner was joined at the table by representatives from the European Federation Transport and Environment (T&E), the Federation of European Private Port Operators FEPORT, European Trade Union Institute […]

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A campaign that’s been one of the key priorities for the ITF and involved a number of ETF unions has been showcased at #ETF2017 congress. Last year the ITF and UNI Global Union agreed a protocol with DP-DHL after an intensive campaign. Progress in the countries after the Protocol, organising campaigns, collective bargaining activities and […]

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European transport unions met at an #ETF2017 congress fringe event to hear the latest on the Trade in Services Agreement or TiSA as it’s more commonly known. It’s a deal that has been negotiated by 22 countries plus the EU-28 member states. The ETF and ITF see it as being secretive, anti-democratic and it would […]

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The ITF campaign to fight back against the anti-worker activities of global logistics company XPO has been the topic of an #ETF2017 fringe event. Global efforts to support workers across America who are calling for safe workplaces, affordable health care, decent wages and the right to organise were highlighted during the event. Jeff Farmer from […]

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Broad support at ETF 2017 Congress for new president to lead the fight for social Europe and fair transport. The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) has elected a new president. Frank Moreels, Chairman of the Belgian transport union BTB, was chosen for the position during the ETF 5th ordinary congress taking place this week in […]

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#ETF2017 congress in the press

May 25, 2017 - 13:49

Journalists gathered at the #ETF2017 congress venue in Barcelona to hear from ETF and ITF leaders about the aims of the event and the role of the two organisations in the ongoing Spanish port reform dispute. ETF Spanish affiliates FSC.CCOO and FESMC-UGT addressed the press to update them on the latest developments. ETF general secretary […]

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The need to engage the ‘non-traditional’ face of modern transport workers in Europe has been embraced during two conferences of the European Transport Workers’ Federation this week. Ahead of their 5th ordinary Congress in Barcelona this week the ETF held its women and youth conference. The aim was to set out the priorities and objectives […]

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A fringe event organised in the frame of the ETF 2017 congress focused on the discrimination LGBTI people in Europe still face in hiring or career development. In some countries they do not have access to family related leave or are denied dependents’ benefits and pension arrangements. ETF is committed to defend human rights and […]

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“Men and women in the transport sector are the arteries of an economic system moving people and goods around Europe and the world.” That from Javier Pacheco, secretary general of CCOO de Catalunya who was one of the speakers at the opening of #ETF2017 congress this morning.  Deputy Mayor of Barcelona Janet Sanz thanked the […]

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“The impact of digitalisation, automation and just in time deliveries can be clearly seen on the health of workers.” That’s from a participant at this afternoon’s warehouse and terminal workers’ fringe at #ETF2017 which brought together union representatives from across Europe who have been involved in the ETF/ITF work in this area. There were calls […]

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The new team leading the way for the ETF on issues impacting women transport workers has been elected in Barcelona. The women’s committee for Europe was chosen by the #ETFwomen2017 conference. The conference has highlighted the priorities for ETF unions around supporting women members as tackling violence against women transport workers, attracting more women into […]

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The findings of a survey into violence against women transport workers will be revealed today during the ETF women transport workers conference. The report is one of the top agenda items for the meet in Barcelona which brings together representatives from transport unions across Europe. Gender equality and the election of a new leadership team […]

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Your new ETF youth team

May 23, 2017 - 11:00

European young transport workers have elected their new leadership team. The under 35s who will take the priorities of ETF youth forward have been chosen during the #ETF2017 youth conference in Barcelona today. Your new ETF youth committee representatives are: Co-Chairs: Kamil Butler – PSU – Poland Berardina Tommasi – FILT-CGIL – Italy 12 Committee […]

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ETF youth are our greatest asset

May 23, 2017 - 07:21

Young transport workers from across Europe met in Barcelona today for the first part of their dedicated youth conference. Response to the European youth employment crisis, climate change and gender equality were topics up for debate. There was a strong focus on the extensive work of the youth committee, building strong and effective relationships with […]

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Delegates are arriving in Barcelona ahead of what is hoped to be the ‘most participatory’ ETF congress ever! More than 500 participants from 41 countries will meet for the 5th ordinary congress in Barcelona. Ahead of the event, ETF young transport workers are meeting on Monday. Following this a conference dedicated to the promotion and […]

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The ETF Secretariat welcomes its affiliates at the ETF 2017 Congress held on 24-26 May 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Under the slogan “Fair Transport for Europe – social justice, solidarity, unity” the congress delegates will assess the past four years, discuss the challenges ahead, elect its leadership and adopt the ETF Work Programme for the […]

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On Tuesday, 23 May, the ETF Women’s Conference starts at 11h30. The opening will include addresses by the Eduardo Chagas, ETF General Secretary and Ekaterina Yordanova, ETF Vice-President. Furthermore, Chair of the ITF Women Transport Workers’ Committee Diana Holland and the hosting unions FSC-CCOO and FeSMC-UGT will address the conference. ETUC Confederal Secretary Montserrat Mir […]

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ETF 2017 Congress Press Release

ETF 2017 Congress Statements

“It’s 2017 but the transport industry continues to sustain a culture where women aren’t welcome on equal terms.” Jodi Evans ITF Women transport workers’ and equality officer

“For the people sitting in this room now and for million of transport workers across Europe, our vision is for a fair and equal future.” ETF and ITF Vice President Ekaterina Yordanova

“We’re committed to taking action on climate change now-not in the future, right now” ETF youth conference

“Change is about power and power is about organising – that’s where we need to focus our energy.” ITF youth coordinator Baker Khundakji

“We want to give women transport workers ownership of the gender training happening in their unions.” Helga Petersen EVG

“25% of women transport workers think harassment is just ‘part of the job” From ETF report on workplace violence against women transport workers

“Strong unions can stop the exploitation of workers and unfair competition.” Frank Moreels, ETF president

“Our Congress involves and engages all affiliates, youth and women, in its policy making with a bottom-up approach as the best recipe for strong unions.” Eduardo Chagas, ETF General Secretary

“We want and need to be, enthusing young people and inspiring them to take action around the lack of social responsibility in the market both for workers and for the environment.” James Stevens, ETF Youth Committee member

“ETF is the voice of transport workers in Europe, free from nationalism and neoliberalism, and will ensure its positions and demands are well understood by the European Commission.” Alexander Kirchner, ETF Vice-President

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