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...

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...
Ready to go! ETF Strasbourg demonstration, 29 May!

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!

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!

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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👉 Today in Berlin, the ETF Road Transport Section decided to organise a young drivers' workshop. Unite the union will host it! 🚛🚚🚌

A great opportunity to talk about the future of the road transport sector, and how to make it more attractive for young people. 💪💪
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ETF Road Transport Section, meeting in Berlin on 1 - 2 October at the ver.di offices, is in full solidarity with the European Transport Workers' Federation & ITF Inland Transport -Road, Rail and Urban Transport- on the XPO action! TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG!

☝️Multinational enterprises like XPO must respect internationally recognised human rights, also in their global supply chain. Companies cannot subcontract their responsibilities or outsource their duty of care.

✊ITF, ETF and the XPO Global Union Family brought today the action against XPO Logistics Europe using the French Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law.

👉Three months have been given to XPO to fulfil its obligations or the ITF, the ETF and its partners will bring this matter before the relevant jurisdiction in France.👈
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ETF Road Section meets today and tomorrow in Berlin. Hosted by ver.di more than 50 union reps from all over Europe will discuss #Brexit #ClimateChange #MobilityPackage and the appalling working and living conditions of thousands of non-EU drivers working in Europe. We are ready to cooperate across Europe to improve the sector social and environmental record! ... See MoreSee Less

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SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din Transporturi spends a week-end on roads and parking areas in Sweden with the Swedish Transport Workers Trade Union.

We hope they will meet no drivers spending their week-end in the truck, because that is illegal. If they do however, they will take up this practice with the enforcement authorities! 💪💪💪

Svenska Transportarbetareförbundet Hamnarbetarnas Fackförening
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September Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

Will the UK government suspend the EU driving and rest time rules to deal with the Brexit border chaos?

Unite the union and their lorry drivers gathered yesterday in front of the Department for transport to say "NO" to it!!! 💪😠🚚
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September Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

UNITE the UNION, our ETF affiliate from the UK, ran a survey among 4,000 lorry drivers. More than half were working over 50 hours per week . 85% slept six hours per night on a regular basis and over 75% drivers admitted that their working patters had a negative impact on their social and family life . See more below... ... See MoreSee Less

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August Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

👉 Are you a young transport worker and a union member from Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Poland or Turkey?

👉 Do you want to learn how to campaign and fight for your rights in your workplace?

👉 Do you want to meet fellow activists from different countries?

Then we are waiting for YOU in Gdynia on 14-17 October!

If you are interested, contact your union rep for more details, or send us a message. The participants will be reimbursed thanks to the European Commission's financial support 🙂
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August Jst

ETF Road Transport Section

Story repeats! Governments f*** up and then force people to pick up the bill! Will Boris pay the drivers for overtime???? ... See MoreSee Less

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ROMANIA / truck drivers fight to resist the heatwave!!!
See picture below? A transport company writes to its drivers: "Truck drivers will be charged for the excessive use of airco. We understand it's hot, but do try to find a suitable place to park your lorry, and cut down on airco use."
This message was intercepted by SLT - Sindicatul Lucratorilor din Transporturi this week, in one of their parking area visits.
Nina Frandes, union president said: "Our drivers' rest conditions are ten times worse now, as the heatwave sets over Romania. Drivers are being instructed to cut down on airco! Take a moment and imagine how it is to live and rest, day by day, for 24 hours, in a scolding hot 4 square-meter cabin! We can only hope the #MobilityPackage gets adopted soon and with it, the ban on weekly rest in the cabin. That's going to ensure decent rest conditions for our drivers at least at week-ends! Not enough, but at least a step ahead."
Some drivers met during the parking area visits commented, referring to their employers: "Who's gonna work for them, if they go on like this!"
True! Who?
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July Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

In solidarity! 💪🇮🇹💪 Today Italian unions unleash massive strike action to demand a fair and functioning transport sector.

We stand with our affiliates as they bring Italy to a standstill. The government is undermining the sector, while refusing to enter into meaningful dialogue with unions. Investment and clear rules are needed to deliver quality transport for Italians and decent conditions for transport workers. #FairTransport #ScioperoTrasporti

READ ➡️ bit.ly/2YugCGF

Filt Cgil Nazionale Fit Cisl Uiltrasporti Nazionale
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July Jrd

ETF Road Transport Section

❗️JUSTICE! We welcome the release of Captain Carola Rackete.🚀

➡️ READ MORE ➡️ bit.ly/2XGS4K1

🇮🇹 An Italian judge has released the captain of the Sea Watch 3, who was arrested for breaking an Italian naval blockade after saving the lives of 40 migrants in the Mediterranean. Saving a life is NOT a crime.

👉 Her release is a victory for justice, but this humanitarian crisis cannot be tackled by NGOs or merchant ships alone. The EU and its Member States must work together to save lives and share the burden of dealing with this crisis.
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💪🇫🇷 🚚🚚NO' to sleeping in vans of less than 3,5t, rules the French government!

The French government adopted last week rules to forbid drivers to sleep in their vans. You would wonder: are there any of them doing so? YES 😠😠 !!! We could see quite a few while visiting parking areas in Austria, Germany, even Poland! These photos are taken in a parking area near Vienna, on a freezing day of November!

Not bad to have a law against this, but we thought sleeping in such conditions it's rather against the European Charter of Human Rights. But as long as the French law comes with sanctions against employers forcing their overworked van drivers to sleep in parking lots, across the front seats, why not a national law too! 👊💪💪
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Great two-day meeting in Stockholm with reps of the Swedish Transport Workers' Union. They have just concluded a collective agreement with an agency based outside Sweden, but providing drivers to Swedish companies.

A two-day meeting to talk "Union power! Organising was on top of our agenda. We decided to work on the application of posting rules to non-EU drivers and to agency drivers. Pretty much what our road trade unions from the Baltic states asked us to help with. Things are coming together!

We also discussed law enforcement! Yesterday we were joined by #MobilityPackage experts from the Swedish ministry of transport. Our message: rules must be properly checked and infringements properly sanctioned!!!

All in all, great meeting! Thank you Tommy, Jimmy and Magnus!
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Meeting bus and coach 🚐🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪drivers today in Sweden, Nobina depot in Norrtalje, with our affiliated trade union Kommunal - förbundskontoret. Their biggest concern: split shifts! In other words, hours of waiting in the depot between two or three bus journeys. With this kind of schedules, drivers end up being away from home more than 15 hours per day. Bad for their family life! That's why in the past 3 years the average age in the sector went up from 49 to 51 years: the profession is simply less and less attractive for youngsters. 😒

We talked too about the European Commission's plans to make driving, rest and working time rules more flexible under the Mobility Package, and about the joint ETF and Kommunal success in fending these plans off. "I love politicians who make laws without knowing what they are talking about", said one of the drivers. 💪💪💪

Thank you Kommunal and fellow drivers for the today's meaningful discussions! We'll continue our work on driver fatigue and bring the drivers' message to the public and to the EU Brussels institutions.
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June Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

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Today the ETF Road Section President attends the CFDT regional congress of Flanders & Cote d'Opale to explain the #MobilityPackage. 100 trade union activists and 200 questions!!! One thing is clear: the ETF scored a real success in keeping rules right, clear and controllable in road transport! We also met former MEP Christine Revault d'Allonnes Bonnefoy, one of our best supporters who watched over the transport workers' rights for the past 5 years! Thank you Christine! ... See MoreSee Less

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May Jth

ETF Road Transport Section

In solidarity with our @Teamsters colleagues! ✊
#ConfrontXPO #WeareXPOIt's time to #ConfrontXPO. European solidarity to the Teamsters in their battle for decent conditions and stable contracts at logistics giant!

ETF Road Transport Section
International Transport Workers' Federation
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