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Implementing Part of the Work Programme

The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) are the EU recognised Social Partners’ organisations representing respectively labour and management in the maritime transport sector.

In 2015, ETF and ESCA successfully applied for funding to carry out a project in order to implement part of the work programme of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Maritime transport. This project contained the three following pillars:

Pillar 1: Negotiation of a Social Partners on the ILO’s Maritime Labour Convention:  The transposition into EU law of the 2014 amendments in the framework of the International Labour Organisation to the Maritime Labour Convention, through a negotiation between EU Social Partners on the basis of the provisions of Article 155 TFEU. This agreement amends the Social partners agreement appended to Council Directive 2009/13/EC in order to bring it in line with the 2014 MLC Amendments. ECSA and ETF have asked the Commission to implement their agreement through a Council Directive amending Directive 2009/13/EC. This agreement can be found here

Pillar 2: Guide to EU funds (apprenticeship and training): It analysed existing EU programmes in the field of apprenticeship and training of relevance to the shipping industry. The outcome of this analysis is a Guide providing guidance to stakeholders (shipping companies, trade unions, local authorities, maritime training and education centres, other stakeholders) on the existing relevant EU funds and on how to make use of them. This Guide was presented at the occasion of the final conference held on 27 February 2017 during European Shipping Week 2017 and can be downloaded here

Pillar 3: Report on Health and Safety:  It identified the existing EU legislation on Health and & Safety applicable to the shipping industry, the ways it is implemented within the European Shipping industry and highlighted good practices taken by Member States and the industry to meet and possibly go beyond regulatory requirements. The report was presented at the occasion of the final conference held on 27 February 2017 during European Shipping week 2017 and can be downloaded here


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