Strasbourg, 29 May: 500 drivers & union activists called for the European Parliament to reject more flexibility of driving and rest time

At the express call of trade unions from Western European Member States, the ETF organised a demonstration in Strasbourg, in front of the European Parliament, on 29 May. 500 drivers and union activists urged the European Parliament to reject any change in the core...

Ready to go! ETF Strasbourg demonstration, 29 May!

Hundreds of professional drivers and union activists are on their way to Strasbourg, France, to make their voice heard on the EU Mobility Package. More than 3 000 000 EU citizens work in bus, coach and lorry transport, and the EU has launched a reform of their wage...

ETF never stops! Bus & coach actions today in Sweden, Italy and Austria!

Yesterday, the ETF Road Section scored a big success on the first Mobility Package vote in the European Parliament. The EMPL Committee adopted with large majority reports on posting, driving and rest time and cabotage that go pretty much in line with the ETF position:...

Driving tired: bus & coach stories

A one-day school trip to Paris That day I had to drive a group of happy kids to Paris. The bus was due to leave at 6 AM from the school in Diksmuide. That means that I had to leave the garage at 5:15 AM, leave home at 4:30 AM and get up at 3:30 AM. When we arrived in...

2015: 627 passengers & professional drivers died in bus, coach and truck crashes 14% cyclist and 42% pedestrian fatalities came as a result of accidents involving truck, bus and coach! Is this not enough?

The ETF, the European Cyclists’ Federation, the European Transport Safety Council and the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims continue their joint initiative to plea for more safety on European roads! This comes in the context of a very controversial revision...

Ready to go! ETF Strasbourg demonstration, 29 May!

Hundreds of professional drivers and union activists are on their way to Strasbourg, France, to make their voice heard on the EU Mobility Package. More than 3 000 000 EU citizens work in bus, coach and lorry transport, and the EU has launched a reform of their wage...

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Ready to go! ETF Strasbourg demonstration, 29 May!

Hundreds of professional drivers and union activists are on their way to Strasbourg, France, to make their voice heard on the EU Mobility Package. More than 3 000 000 EU citizens work in bus, coach and lorry transport, and the EU has launched a reform of their wage...

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Ready to go! ETF Strasbourg demonstration, 29 May!

Hundreds of professional drivers and union activists are on their way to Strasbourg, France, to make their voice heard on the EU Mobility Package. More than 3 000 000 EU citizens work in bus, coach and lorry transport, and the EU has launched a reform of their wage...

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The European Commission Mobility Package is a huge disappointment for us. Now, the proposals are in the hands of the European Parliament and the governments of the Member States. That is precisely why we take up action: to inform, share our concerns, make our voice heard, and influence decisions! We want the proof for a social Europe. The hundreds of thousands of drivers sleeping and living in their lorries for months, deserve it! Frank Moreels

ETF President, ETF / BTB-ABVV, Belgium

Cette semaine d’action est une des plus importantes de ces 15 dernières années. Les décisions qui seront prises par l’Europe concernant les nouvelles règlementations européennes concernant le transport routier auront un impact sur la vie des citoyens européens, sur les travailleurs européens du transport et en définitive sur l’Europe pour les 15 à 20 ans à venir. Si de mauvaises mesures sont prises ce sera la catastrophe. Si je devais résumer cela en un seul slogan cela serait « A travail égal, salaire égal au même endroit » SANS CELA NOUS AURONS DEMAIN UNE EUROPE QUI RESSEMBLERA A UNE JUNGLE! Roberto Parrillo

ETF Road Transport President, ETF / ACV TRANSCOM, Belgium

Professional drivers have been expected to work long hours with minimum rest for far too long. Without passenger and freight road transport economies across Europe would grind to a halt. We, Unite & ETF , are calling for the Commission to build a road package that delivers social fairness, fair employment practices and creates an industry that is attractive for workers. Adrian Jones

ETF Road Transport Section Vice President , ETF / UNITE the UNION, UK

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May Jth

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Stronger Together to end gender-based violence in transport! 💪

#FairTransport #EndGBV📢♀️💪 We’re taking the next step in our campaign Stronger Together against gender-based violence in transport!

✋NO to all forms of violence
👍YES to gender equality & ♀️participation in transport

Join us to make a difference! How? ▶️ bit.ly/2Qmw29o

#StopGBVatWork #ThisIsOurWorldToo #FairTransport
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May Jrd

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Thumb up for our dockers' trade unions from Italy. They are on strike today and the Italian ports are shut down!
💪💪💪🇮🇹Italian ports are not working today! Our workers are on strike to fight for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement, against self handling and to call the government to enforce rules!

We are with you! #futureofdockwork

Filt Cgil Nazionale Fit Cisl Uiltrasporti Nazionale ITF Dockers European Transport Workers' Federation
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May Jnd

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ETUC Congress, Vienna / Right now, Livia Spera ETF Acting General Secretary calls the European trade union movement to action! Transport workers shall not be Europe's second class workers!

European Transport Workers' Federation
💬 On the second day of the ETUC Congress our Acting General Secretary Livia Spera addressed the room with a clear message.

😠 The outgoing European Commission has let down workers in many ways, particularly in the damage they have caused to EU social dialogue. Even when the EU has improved the rules, transport workers have found themselves treated as second class citizens and excluded.

💪 Unions must be bold in setting and imposing their agenda, combining political work with firm actions where necessary. The success of our Fair Transport Europe campaign, and the impact we’ve had on Ryanair and the EU Mobility package, show that we can do it!

The rest of the day was also busy. Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz presented his ideas on transforming economics. A debate about the #EUElections19 featured Evelyn Regner and Gabriel Bischoff, supporters of our #FairTransport manifesto. And we met up with our fellow ETUFs (sectoral European trade union federations) to talk about our upcoming work and campaigns.
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EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2019! Spread this message to all candidates to the European Parliament!
From the newly elected politicians,
WE ASK FOR EQUAL TREATMENT, AND BETTER JOBS AND LIVES FOR OUR BUS, COACH & TRUCK DRIVERS!
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May Jnd

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May Jnd

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The first day of the ETUC Congress in Vienna, Austria, is drawing to a close. Over 600 delegates from all European countries are at this 19th Congress, taking place under the slogan "A fairer Europe for workers".

The ETF is present with a delegation of 15 participants, to make sure that transport workers' concerns are reflected in all debates and decisions taken. We are joined by a number of colleagues who are here as delegates of their national confederations.

ETUC is the top level of the European trade unions movement, and #ETUC19 is the moment for a fundamental debate on the Action Programme for the upcoming four years. There will also be votes on a number of amendments to the ETUC Constitution to make the organisation fit for the future.

A number of high level guests have joined the Congress today, including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Guy Ryder of the International Labour Organization - EU and Benelux countries, Sharan Burrows of ITUC and the Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa. They all confirmed the vital role of trade unions in Europe, and the need for a strong ETUC.

We're looking forward to a great week, and hope to see lots of ETF affiliates around the Congress!
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May Jst

ETF Road Transport Section

🚛🚌 “To safeguard drivers’ safety and working conditions, we need the rules to be enforced. A decade of austerity has led to a drastic drop in enforcement capacities all over Europe. This is a setback, but it also makes this the right moment to boost smart enforcement through advanced technological solutions. At the moment, drivers still travel around Europe with piles of paper in case they are stopped by one of the rare roadside inspections. Surely this approach is outdated and should be left in the previous century? We need to move towards digitalisation in law enforcement, to make work simpler, fairer and safer for drivers, companies and road inspectors alike.”

With European elections in two days, ETF and
International Road Transport Union - IRU - the EU social partners for road transport - call on the European Commission and Parliament to put enforcement at the top of the EU transport agenda for the next legislative term.

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May Jth

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🇪🇺✍️🇪🇺☑️🇪🇺 The #EUelections2019 are coming! On 23-26 May, EU citizens will decide which politicians will represent them in the European Parliament. Union members should get out to vote, and choose parties who will defend working people. Remember, the EU is responsible for a lot of the rules that govern the transport sector and working conditions in Europe.

For over a year, our #FairTransport campaign has been leading the fight against social dumping in transport. Now several candidates for the EU elections have promised to support the positive proposals in our Fair Transport manifesto.

Check out their statements in this gallery, and read more here: bit.ly/2YC6qIf
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May Jth

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🙋‍♀️🏳️‍🌈🙋‍♂️ On the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (#IDAHOT #IDAHOBIT), ETF stands proudly alongside #LGBT* workers across Europe and around the world. Work is a place where we have to feel safe and comfortable to be ourselves, but too many workers still face discrimination and harassment because of their sexuality or gender identity. LGBT* rights are workers’ rights, and that makes this a trade union issue.

💃🕺 Many of our affiliates are already working hard to fight discrimination at work. We held an event dedicated to the issues facing LGBT* transport workers at our previous Congress, and we highlighted it as a priority at our recent conference Moving Europe Forward. Now we are determined to step up and take action on equality issues. We will do this together with our affiliates, who are asking for us to be more active on LGBT* rights in the workplace, and the International Transport Workers' Federation.
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May Jth

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May Jth

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🚀 "Now it is time to take the next step and achieve our full potential – the transport workers of Europe are counting on us!" --- Our new Acting General Secretary, Livia Spera, is ready to lead the ETF to even greater heights!

Her vision❓

1️⃣ Work with our affiliate unions to build power in an autonomous ETF.

2️⃣ Reinforce our sections.

3️⃣ Lead the debate on the issues that affect us all: automation, climate change and the struggle for a more social Europe

Let's get started❗️

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UBER, STOP TREATING YOUR WORKERS LIKE S***!
Meeting today in London at the ITF House, the ETF Executive Committee heard testimonies of two British UBER drivers. Working for UBER is exposing oneself to abuse, to unfounded allegations of fraud, to a highly insecure work environment! Drivers better put up with their clients' insulting behaviour or leave! Yes, "take it or leave it" applies all the way through in UBER. Even when drivers ask for a collective agreement! But ITF and ETF will not let go of it. We are ready to act and target the company directly!
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WHAT'S NEXT ON THE AGENDA OF OUR SECTION? Summer's coming, and the #MobilityPackage is put to rest till later this year, when the new European Commission is in place. But the ETF Road Transport Section won't be clocking off. Be with us in our new journey!
On 16 May, at our Section freight working group meeting we'll be launching our work on secure parking areas, parcel delivery and Uber Freight!
In June, we'll start a country visit programme to exchange experience with our Section members and discuss common goals and priorities. Sweden is first on our list, with many more countries to follow.
Over the next few months we'll be working with our ITF Inland Transport -Road, Rail and Urban Transport- on social dumping in road freight transport by tackling multinationals and their subcontracting practices, a source of poor working conditions for our truck drivers in Europe.
And in December we'll hopefully start a project aimed at building a scientific case around driver fatigue. We'll be developing a simple tool-kit to enable our union members raise awareness on fatigue as key element of drivers' health and of road safety!
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Start your week-end with another interesting letter-box company story!
SPOT THE KRAFT VEHICLE IN THE VIDEO BELOW!
Kraft Logistics Sighisoara has more than 100 vehicles registered in Romania, and recruit more than 300 Romanian drivers who work only abroad.
Kraft Logistics Sighisoara says it meets the requirements of the Romanian law and has parking lots proportional with the size of their fleet.
3F, ETF and Romanian trade union SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din Transporturi visited the parking area where the company keeps its vehicles. We only found ... one trailer. Rest of vehicles are busy abroad, driven by Romanian truckers who are treated like hell. They sleep in lorries for 6 weeks at a time, are employed on Romanian wages while never working in Romania and when into severeal months of work, they are asked to sign a document, in German: a pay raise apparently, which turns to be their... dismissal paper!
We are at it now! 3F, the ETF and SLT will work together with our union contacts across Europe to curve these abuses! Flemming Smidt @Hans Christian Graversen European Transport Workers' Federation
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April Jth

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Another marathon vote with no clear result on the #mobilitypakage in the European Parliament / 1700 amendments were voted today by the TRAN Committee of the European Parliament. More than 1300 amendments are now sent to the EP plenary for yet another vote, scheduled for 4 April. Meanwhile, to be clear about it: bus, coach and truck drivers are covered by the current EU rules. No weekly rest in the cabin & posting rules to apply from Day 1 of driving abroad! ... See MoreSee Less

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March Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

🚀🚀🚀 The world is changing, and so are we. Just one day after our #FairTransport demonstration, we're already looking to the future!

Our affiliate trade unions are in Brussels to think about ways we can:

✊ Build our union power
🇪🇺 Set the European policy agenda
📢 Run dynamic campaigns
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March Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

Today, in Brussels, we marched together with thousands of transport workers from across Europe for #FairTransport.

A big "Thank you" to all unions and road transport workers who joined us in the demonstration. We can only achieve fair jobs and decent working conditions if we all work together! 💪💪💪
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March Jth

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Fair Transport Europe
📢📢📢 We're in front of the European Commission and we are LOUD for #FairTransport.
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March Jth

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Fair Transport Europe
✊✊✊Thousands of transport workers are on their way to the European Commission to demand #FairTransport for Europe!

www.fairtransporteurope.eu
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March Jth

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Thousands of transport workers European Transport Workers' Federation are taking the streets of Brussels today demanding #FairTransport across Europe! Stop social dumping ➡️ ETUC we are with you! www.fairtransporteurope.eu/ ... See MoreSee Less

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