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...

read more

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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December Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

ETF attends BTB-UBT union activists meeting. #MobilityPackage on top of the agenda. We decide a plan of action for January 2019 when the package is debated in the European Parliament. Thank you BTB-UBT for your full and continuous engagement!Femira, de federale militantenraad komt vandaag samen in Brussel. Inspraak van de delegees en militanten is belangrijk. Voorzitter Frank Moreels: We moeten waken over onze toekomst, de huidige regering stelt verkeerde prioriteiten. #WeAreBTB ... See MoreSee Less

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December Jth

ETF Road Transport Section
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December Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

PRESS RELEASE || EU Transport ministers made a #MobilityPackage deal. You could see the union impact, but it's far from good enough: wage discrimation, social dumping and months away from home.

Now it's time for MEPs to push for #FairTransport! We'll be fighting hard to make sure they do!

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ETF actions and pressure worked! The Council did reach an agreement on the #MobilityPackage last night. Although far from being social enough, the agreement has key improvements compared with the compromise the Council had on the table yesterday morning, before our action!

We now expect the European Parliament to come up with a much better deal! The ETF, our drivers and trade unions will put enormous pressure on the European Parliament and ask them to show they listen to the voice of the people, just months before the European elections.

The Council decided on a total ban of weekly rest in the cabin which is along the ETF lines, but they also decided on the possibility for drivers to take 2 consecutive reduced weekly rest when doing international transport, in order to return to ... the company operational center, which is contrary to the ETF position. The ETF position is that the reference period for the distribution of rest time must stay unchanged, and the operator must send the driver regularly to his or her country of residence!

On Posting of workers, the Council accepted the exemption of bilateral transport and agreed on two more exemptions - two loadings and unloadings possible as part of the bilateral transport, but only once the smart tachograph is installed on all vehicles doing international transport. Deadline for full tachograph introduction into the market: 2024 instead of 2034.

On cabotage, rules stay as they are but a period of 5 days is introduced before the same vehicle can engage in a new slot of 7 day cabotage in the same country. Combine transport will be covered by both posting and cabotage rules.

The ETF cannot be content with this result. We will take now our fight in the European Parliament.

There are elements of the Council deal which are still unclear but we will keep in touch with our unions and drivers on this.

Follow us on twitter and facebook for future information and future ETF calls for action!

Our fight for #FairTransport continues!
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December Jrd

ETF Road Transport Section

European Transport Workers' Federation
European transport ministers are meeting in Brussels right now to decide the fate of the #MobilityPackage. The proposals look disastrous for drivers' working conditions and the safety of all road users. So we visited the EU Council to show ministers inside the building what we want: #FairTransport for Europe!

Ministers, we are watching you. Do not legalise social dumping and exploitation on Europe's roads. Better no deal than a bad deal!

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📣 "Better no deal than a bad deal!"

#MobilityPackage #FairTransport #RespectDrivers

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December Jrd

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Great turnout today by unions lobbying European parliament on the mobility package ... See MoreSee Less

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December Jrd

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Thank you, colleagues from UNITE for attending this key ETF action. Let's see if we change the world today, and stop this bad ministers' deal. If not, we need to shout louder! ... See MoreSee Less

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December Jrd

ETF Road Transport Section

EU Transport Ministers might make a deal that is disastrous for bus, coach and truck drivers. Unions are standing up to say NO. #FairTransport www.etf-europe.org/mobility-package-better-no-deal-that-a-bad-deal-lets-stop-this-now/ ... See MoreSee Less

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December Jrd

ETF Road Transport Section

EU Transport Ministers might make a deal that is disastrous for bus, coach and truck drivers. Unions are standing up to say NO. #FairTransport www.etf-europe.org/mobility-package-better-no-deal-that-a-bad-deal-lets-stop-this-now/ ... See MoreSee Less

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December Jrd

ETF Road Transport Section

BETTER NO DEAL THAN A BAD DEAL!
As ministers of transport discuss a compromise solution that may damage forever the jobs and lives of bus, coach and truck drivers, more than 200 ETF union activistd and officials from 8 countries gathered together in front of the European Commission headquarterd, under the eyes and ears of the ministers, to pass on their message!
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SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din Transporturi adreseaza ministrilor de transport ai tarilor UE o scrisoare cu o zi inainte ca acestia sa se intruneasca la Bruxelles si sa decida schimbari legislative ce vom influenta locurile de munca si viata tiristilor. Una dintre deciziile pe care ministri sunt gata sa o adopte : firmele de transport nu isi vor mai trimite soferii acasa, ci in tara unde firma este inregistrata.

« Orice masura legislativa care stipuleaza intoarcerea soferului la baza operationala a firmei de transport va avea ca rezultat ca soferii romani de tir vor fi trimisi la Bratislava, si nu la Cluj, Bucuresti sau Targu Mures, ca sa isi petreaca week-endul. Or distanta intre Bratislava si Targu Mures este de peste 800 km. »
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December Jnd

ETF Road Transport Section

SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din Transporturi sends letter to the Ministers of Transport meeting tomorrow to reach a deal on drivers' jobs and lives. One of their potential decisions: drivers will no longer be sent home by their employer, but just to the company operational center:

"Any legal measure that stipulates that the driver must return either to the company operational base will lead to the situation where the drivers are sent to Bratislava, and not to Cluj, Bucharest or Targu Mures. The distance between Targu Mures and Bratislava is of more than 800 kms. Is this the way the EU politicians understand to facilitate the return home of the driver?"
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November Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

PRESS ALERT | The EU #MobilityPackage is becoming a nightmare for drivers and road users. Exploitation of workers. Danger for all. 🚛😡

We've always been open to negotiation and debate during this long process. We still want a good deal. But the rush to finalise the Package is creating a monster, and now we must say STOP! #FairTransport 4 Europe! ✊

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November Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

European Transport Workers' Federation
"Ministers must ensure that the Mobility Package gives transport workers the same fair treatment as all other workers."

Luca Visintini, General Secretary of the ETUC, backs our demand for an EU Mobility Package that guarantees road transport workers fair pay. But current proposals would legalise wage discrimination and social dumping. When ministers meet on 3 December to finalise the Package, they must choose #FairTransport!

Read more: www.etf-europe.org/one-week-to-save-a-social-mobility-package
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November Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

L'UBT, l'ETF et les autres syndicats se préparent à intensifier la lutte contre les propositions du 'Mobility Package' de l'UE. Kathleen Van Brempt et Hugues Bayet ont déjà donné un signal clair cet été. Un salaire égal pour un travail égal et un accord qui tient compte avec les chauffeurs, pas seulement les employeurs! RV le 3/12 à Bruxelles! #WeAreUBT #FairTransport ... See MoreSee Less

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November Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

European Transport Workers' Federation
As EU Transport Ministers prepare to finalise their deal on the Mobility Package we set out our concerns about the proposals on the table. We need #FairTransport and safety on European roads, and unions are ready to react to any deal that legalises danger and social dumping.

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ETF Demonstration - 3 December 2018 - 11:00-13:00 - at the Schuman roundabout (Brussels) - Join us!

EU Transport ministers to sign bad deal for drivers and all road users. Read what is at stake here: bit.ly/2SbUxWo

Europe needs #FairMobility and a social #MobilityPackage!
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November Jth

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ETF Demonstration - 3 December 2018 - 11:00-13:00 - at the Schuman roundabout (Brussels) - Join us!

EU Transport ministers to sign bad deal for drivers and all road users. Read what is at stake here: bit.ly/2SbUxWo

Europe needs #FairMobility and a social #MobilityPackage!
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