Hearing against further liberalisation of port services

Hearing against further liberalisation of port services

Public Hearing against further liberalisation of port services




The rejection by the European Parliament of the Port Package I & II was one of the most important successes of the European Trade Unions and the EP should be proud of such an achievement. GUE/NGL supported this fight. The European Commission is now trying once more to win the game with a different strategy both trying to keep dockworkers out of the process and claiming more transparency in the accounts of port services other than cargo handling. The EC proposal for a new draft regulation aims at opening the market and weakening safety including additional groups which have nothing to do with market access in port services, such as pilots. Furthermore there is an unacceptable attempt to limit strikes in the ports. Already the two largest German pilot associations and the European Transport Federation (ETF) rejected the proposal. GUE/NGL is asking MEPs, all delegations, concerned workers and Trade Unions to support the resistance against the new draft regulation COM(2013)0296 and to win the fight once more.


Welcome speech by Gabi Zimmer, President of the GUE/NGL group


Introductory speeches:


Sabine Wils, GUE/NGL, shadow rapporteur on the draft Regulation

Dimitrios Theologitis, Head of Unit 'Ports & Inland Waterways' EC-DG Move

Rolf Fritsch, former Hamburg Port and Logistic Company Labour Director

Livia Spera, Secretary for ports and fisheries of the European Transport Federation

Georgios Gogos, Secretary of Trade Union workers of the Port of Pirëus/Athens

Anthony Tetard, EU zone Coordinator of International Dockers' Council

Maurizio Colombai, FILT CGIL, National Pilot-Port sector Coordinator


Responsible staff member: Roberto Lopriore, [email protected]

GUE/NGL press contact   Gianfranco Battistini  + 32 475 646628
[email protected]


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