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Sectoral social dialogue - Ports

Social partners

Employees' organisations Employers' organisations

European Transport Worker's Federation (ETF)

International Dockworkers Council (IDC)

Federation of European Private Port Operators (FEPORT)

European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)

This sectoral social dialogue committee was set up in 2013.

The European Union is highly dependent on seaports for trade with the rest of the world and within its Internal Market. 74% of goods imported and exported and 37% of exchanges within the Union transit through seaports.

Ports guarantee territorial continuity of the Union by servicing regional and local maritime traffic to link peripheral and island areas.

1.5 million workers are employed in European ports of 22 Member States, with the same amount of indirect employed  workers.

Focus areas

The committee's work programme for the next years reflects the commitment of the social partners to address challenges jointly, covering topics such as:

  • Training and qualifications;
  • Attractiveness to young workers;
  • Health and safety;
  • Promotion of female employment.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


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