Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

News 19/06/2013

European ports: Europe-wide social dialogue between port workers and employers

The European Commission welcomes the new social dialogue committee in the port sector launched today with port authorities, terminal operators, dockers and other port workers across the EU.

Port workers loading a cargo ship

This new committee is holding its inaugural meeting in Brussels today. It will examine the challenges faced by the sector and help contribute to its long term success.

Members and work programme

The new committee brings together the European Sea Ports Organisation, the European Federation of Private Port Terminal Operators, the European Transport Workers Federation and the International Dockers Coordination Europe, representing dockers and port workers in European ports. 

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.

The sector

1.5 million workers are employed in European ports, with the same amount again employed indirectly across the 22 EU maritime Member States. Ports are not only engines of economic development and sources of prosperity, more cargo, cruise ships and ferries in our ports means also more jobs and new opportunities. 


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