At ETF’s 6th Ordinary Congress in Budapest, Frank Moreels and Livia Spera were elected President and General Secretary of the European Transport Workers’ Federation.
ETF delegates representing transport trade unions across Europe confirmed Frank Moreels as President and Livia Spera as General Secretary to run the Federation for the next five years.
Before being re-elected for his second mandate as President of ETF, Frank Moreels stated:-
“I have continuously been working on the change process that I promised you, and I am proud of what we have accomplished so far. (…) Standing still is the fastest way of moving backwards! We have to continue rebuilding and reshaping the ETF every day. That is the reason why I am again a candidate for the presidency of ETF.”
“The voices of trade unionists have to sound louder. The far-right is becoming more and more aggressive. It must be our common ambition to fight back and I intend to continue fighting back, I hope together with all of you!”
Running for the position of General Secretary of the ETF, Livia Spera, who was appointed Acting General Secretary three years ago, presented to the delegates of the 6th ETF Congress the reasons for her candidacy:-
“My ambition is to keep this organisation moving. I am motivated to make a difference for the workers we represent. Trade unions must not be bureaucratic and trade unionists must not become bureaucrats.”
“I want the ETF to be an organisation that is ready to act whenever we need to act, politically, industrially, in a united way and making the best out of our diversity, in respect of each other’s ideas, an organization that moves through collective action and through collective intelligence, and that always has insight the interest of the workers we represent”.
Together, Moreels and Spera say they will lead ETF towards achieving their vision for Fair Transport:
- Where transport workers are at the core of decisions affecting them
- Where transport is free of profit-led exploitation and unfair competition
- With quality jobs and inclusive workplaces
- With safe, reliable and affordable transport services for customers
- Where social and environmental sustainability goes hand in hand
The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) held its 6th Ordinary Congress from 24rd to 27th of May in Budapest, Hungary, under the theme “All Aboard: Destination Fair Transport!”
The Congress was organised in Hungary because transport unions, with their presence, wish to make a political statement and give their support to all democratic forces in Eastern Europe. The ETF defends trade union rights, LGBTQIA rights+, freedom of the press, civil rights, and human rights. The ETF stands for democracy, humanity and tolerance.
Over 500 delegates from over 200 affiliates across Europe participated at the ETF Congress in Budapest and debated and voted on the programme, political priorities, and strategies of the ETF for the next five years.