ETF President Frank Moreels opens ETF Bus & coach action week with a strong message!

ETF action week on bus and coach stated today with the ETF President, Frank Moreels, launching a strong message to the EU Institutions: changes the EU driving and rest time rules are simply unacceptable! “Current driving and rest time rules are 12 years old. And they...

ETF launches report on working conditions of bus & coach drivers. By Professor Peter Turnbull, University of Bristol

EU regulations for the international road passenger transport market, including driving time regulations, have failed to maintain social standards for drivers. Enforcement agencies are under-resourced but still find extensive violation of drivers’ hours during...

ETF gets ready for a full week of action on safety in bus & coach

Monday 23 April we’ll start our ETF action week on bus and coach. The aim: inform passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, all road users of the safety risks in making driving and rest time rules more flexible for the road sector. What is at stake? Well, simply put, while...

ETF Road Transport Section decides on way to go ahead about the #MobilityPackage

27 and 28 March – two important days for the ETF Road Section. Time for our affiliates representing bus, coach and truck drivers to get together in Brussels on one of our two regular annual meetings, and discuss the Mobility Package. The Section reviewed the progress...

Romanian truckers’ trade union SLT tours the European Parliament on the #Mobility Package

21 – 22 March: Nina Frandes, president of the ETF affiliated member SLT, meets members of the European Parliament in an attempt to convince them to change EU laws applicable to road transport for the benefit of professional drivers! Accompanied by the ETF Secretariat,...
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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Bus and coach drivers do much more than drive, but they need enough rest to do their job safely.
Check out our new report on working conditions and safety in the road transport sector by Professor Peter Turnbull:
DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION? Bus and Coach Drivers in the EU: bit.ly/2Hr3MNC
#RespectDrivers #FairTransport #FatigueKills
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April Jrd

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ETF action week on safety in bus and coach sector: Belgium 23 April / Btb-abvv transport & logistiek starts the action in Brussels' main bus terminals! Passengers and drivers are informed of the intention of EU Institutions to decide on longer driving periods and shorter rest times for drivers. Big risk for safety of cyclists, passengers, pedestrians and drivers alike! European Cyclists' Federation FEVR European Transport Safety Council Violeta Bulc Georges Bach Alain Sutour Hans Christian GraversenFlemming Smidt Flemming Overgaard Roberto Parrillo Maurizio Diamante SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din TransporturiAdrian Jones Tomasz Michalak Ralph Werner ver.di Astrid König John Reynaert Karl DelfsVerontwaardiging over de voorstellen van Europa voor langere rijttijden en minder rust. Mensen ondertekenen onze visie. #WeAreBTB
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April Jth

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🚂😭 So why are French rail workers on strike? Of course it's about good contracts and decent work...but also so much more. This is about the future of rail as a public service, and we support French unions in their struggle 💯.

There's no evidence that liberalisation improves service or value for money. Workers and passengers elsewhere can tell you that!

Read more: www.etf-europe.org/etf-press-area.cfm/pressdetail/11765

#JeSoutiensLesCheminots
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April Jth

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International Transport Workers' Federation
Sexual harassment, exploitation and death in the warehouse - XPO workers and union activists from Belgium, France, Spain, the UK and USA speaking in Paris about further evidence of worker abuse at the company. #WeAreITF #XPOexposed
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April Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

The EU Council has approved new rules giving posted workers better pay. But once again road transport workers are excluded. What is the EU Council? It's YOUR national governments. Disappointing.

Of course we welcome the general progress, but leaving professional drivers behind is far from #FairTransport.

Read more: www.etf-europe.org/etf-press-area.cfm/pressdetail/11755/region/2/section/0/order/1
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April Jth

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ETF will accept no compromise on the core driving and rest time rules!

Open letter sent to Members of the European Parliament today.

Driving and rest time rules are crucial for our drivers! They influence pay, time spent with the family, quality of rest, and last but not least driver, passenger and road safety.

#FairTransport #Roadsafety #FatigueKills
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March Jth

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ETF is there where most needed! This week, in Turkey to show support to transport workers and their unions, facing oppression and imprisonment. Frank Moreels, ETF President says: "ETF is present here today in Ankara at this press conference to support our affiliate Tümtis and to support our union colleagues who are in prison today. We wanted to visit these collegues in prison to support them in this very difficult situation and to encourage them to keep faith. We wanted to inform them in person that we are working for them and pleading towards the Turkish government and ministry of justice to get them released from prison. It is really sad that we did not obtain permission from the ministry of Justice to visit them."ETF-Voorzitter Frank Moreels samen met Kenan Oztürk (Turkse vakbond Tümtis) op de persconferentie om de vijf veroordeelde Turkse syndicalisten te steunen en hun vrijlating te eisen.Lees de volledige verklaring op onze website : www.btb-abvv.be/nieuws/554-verklaring-frank-moreels-op-persconferentie-tuemtis #WeAreBTB ... See MoreSee Less

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March Jth

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ETF was there! Thank you @LeuvenU and @ACVCSC-TRANSCOM for this great event!Hier, l'Institut de recherche pour le travail et la société de la KU Leuven (HIVA), la CSC-Transcom et le Centre européen pour les travailleurs (EZA) ont organisé un séminaire sur les aspects sociaux et économiques du secteur du transport routier en Europe. Des différents orateurs intéressants ont parlé du dumping social et le paquet mobilité européen. Kris Peeters, ministre du Travail , Philippe De Backer, Secrétaire D'Etat à la lutte contre la fraude sociale et Claude Rolin, député Européen étaient présents. Et il y avait un débat entre les organisations patronales et Roberto Parrillo de la CSC-transcom. C’était une journée informative et enrichissante pour nos militants. ... See MoreSee Less

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March Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

Heute habe ich mich mit Frau Elena Fradeş von der SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din Transporturi getroffen. Eine starke Frau, die trotz körperlicher Gewalt und ständiger Bedrohungen, LKW-Fahrer organisiert hat und ihre Rechte durchgesetzt hat. Gemeinsam haben wir illegale Anstellungsmodelle veranschaulicht und uns über Gegenmaßnahmen im Rahmen des #EUMobilitätspakets unterhalten.
Ich wünsche Frau Elena Fradeş weiterhin viel Kraft und Erfolg bei ihrer wichtigen Arbeit!

#FaireMobilität #FairMobility #StopSocialdumping #Mobilitätspaket
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Voice of the truckers in the European Parliament: Nina Frandes, President of SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din Transporturi together with the ETF met today with a group of Romanian social democrats, members of the European Parliament. "This is only the start, and a very constructive one too. We'll be back to Brussels, to meet our MEPs individually and campaign for better rights for Romanian drivers working abroad. Our professional drivers need support, they need better jobs and conditions, and together we'll get that!", says Nina. Tomorrow, more meetings with MEPs leading the EU revision of road transport rules! More details on the outcome of this visit coming soon, on the ETF Road Section Blog. Violeta Bulc Wim Van de Camp Georges Bach Roberto Parrillo John Reynaert Frank Moreels Adrian Jones Alain Sutour Valérie Latron Tomasz Michalak Calin Orlando Cocis Maurizio Diamante Flemming Smidt Flemming Overgaard Hans Christian Graversen Karl Delfs Michiel Boer Edwin Atema ... See MoreSee Less

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March Jth

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Global logistics firm XPO is misbehaving. Ryan and Jose, XPO workers in the US, have been fired for legally-protected union activitism. European XPO workers stand in solidarity, demanding that Ryan and Jose get their jobs back NOW. #FairTransport

Read more: www.etf-europe.org/etf-news-online.cfm/newsdetail/11746/region/2/section/0/order/1

XPO Exposed International Transport Workers' Federation CGT Confédération Générale du Travail Force Ouvrière CFDT CFDT Transports & Environnement ACVCSC-Transcom Fit Cisl Teamsters
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March Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

Today the European Commission launched its proposal for a European Labour Authority to ensure the EU's 16 million workers who work in another member state are fairly treated. We've been demanding this for a long time, and transport workers will be under its remit. So that's nice.

But the actual proposal is pretty disappointing: lots of coordination and information, not much power to help workers get their rights. What will be the impact? European workers need a labour authority with the power and mandate to fight social dumping, not another paper tiger.

Read more in our press release: www.etf-europe.org/etf-press-area.cfm/pressdetail/11745
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Last week the ETF Secretariat completed a first round of country visits with a stop and a meeting in Finland, Helsinki on 07 March. Together with AKT, our Finish affiliated union, we met Finish senior advisers of labour and transport Ministries to discuss the social implications of the Mobility Package. In Finland, both employers' and union organisations share the same views: road transport needs better social and labour standards and better compliance with the rules, two key ingredients for a fair competition between road transport operators. We once again conveyed this message to the Finish government last Wednesday! Many thanks, AKT! Katri Höök Juha Ollas Violeta Bulc Marja KyllönenAlain SutourJohn Reynaert Adrian Jones Flemming Overgaard Flemming Smidt Tomasz Michalak SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din Transporturi Calin Orlando Cocis Valérie Latron Maurizio Diamante Fatima Aguado ... See MoreSee Less

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March Jth

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Internationale vakbondsmeeting over het Mobility Package in Berlijn. Btb-abvv transport & logistiek uiteraard ook van de partij. Met onze vrienden van ETF Road Transport Section, SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din Transporturi en FNV Vakbond #FairTransport #WeAreBTB ... See MoreSee Less

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March Jth

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fevr.org/joint-statement/
Road Safety before Profits- Driver fatigue kills
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Opening of the DGB, verd.di, FES conference "Mobility Package - On the move to equal working conditions in EU transport".
#FairTransport #RespectDrivers #EndSocialDumping
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March Jth

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Heute trafen sich beim DGB-Bundesvorstand 40 Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus 12 Ländern, um Aktivitäten zur Bekämpfung von ungleichen Arbeitsbedingungen im europäischen Transportsektor zu diskutieren. Ein gelungener Auftakt für die morgige Konferenz zu den Arbeitsbedingungen im EU-Straßentransport der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Ver.di, dem DGB und Faire Mobilität. ... See MoreSee Less

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March Jth

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On the #InternationalWomensDay2018, the ETF calls for a International Labour Organization Convention and Recommendation tackling gender-based violence at work.

Watch a video message of Eduardo Chagas, ETF General Secretary, and read our statement here: goo.gl/Fo7afP

In 2017, 1444 women transport workers from across Europe responded to a survey on their experience of workplace violence and harassment. 25% said it is considered 'part of the job' in the transport sector.

“Verbal attacks…sexual assaults and the like. Touching of the rear and breasts, threats on the part of superiors if I complain [I am told]: ‘a woman must be able to cope when she works in a men’s profession.”
Railway worker

This is not acceptable. Violence should never be 'part of the job' and has no place in the transport industry.

The ETF suports the ITUC call to STOP gender-based violence in the world of work → www.ituc-csi.org/23days

#FairTransport #StopGBVatWork #23Days
#ThisIsOurWorldToo #IWD2018
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It's not only the ETF! Four European federations urge the European Institutions to put #SafetyFirst and stop any attempts to make driving & rest time rules more flexible. In May 2017 the European Commission proposed changes to these rules meant to allow 3 weeks of solid driving, with only 2 days off for the drivers! A few months later, bus & coach operators asked for much more flexibility for road passenger transport. The 4 European federations representing drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and many other road user groups say: road safety cannot be a trade-off! European Cyclists' Federation European Transport Safety Council FEVRVioleta BulcWim Van de Camp Georges Bach ... See MoreSee Less

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