Social and Education : vision, mission and objectives

Social and Education 

In order to keep IWT both attractive and competitive as a transportmode, it will take a modern and flexible crewing system that perfectly balances the needs of crews in terms of trainings and social security, the safety of shipping and the attractiveness of the profession.

The committee’s mission is to take responsibility for all matters relating to personnel, crews, crew regulations, labour and social legislation, social security systems, employment contracts, training, professional qualifications and labour market. 

The objective is to further develop the training standards, comparability of training and free movement of workers and reducing shortage of personnel. Equally important is to ensure social security for workers on board and preventing unfair competition based on low social standards. Last but not least S & E aims at strengthening the position of IWT operators as employers, ensuring their rights, avoiding unnecessary administrative burdens and working  towards maintaining a clear distinction between manning regulation on the one hand and labour law on the other

We do this by participating in the relevant meetings of  EU, CCNR, CESNI/QP and sub-working groups and the Social Dialogue and its sub-working groups, bringing in the views of the industry, making our own suggestions and providing expertise. We maintain intensive contact with our social partners ( ETF) , develop common positions as far as possible and take our own positions where necessary.

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Launch of IWT

Since the launch of IWT platform on 21/1/2019, during which DG Move’s Director General gave an inspiring speech, the IWT platform did not sit still. Indeed, we had regular meetings with the policymakers in DG-MOVE discussing social, environmental, technological and other matters. We actively participated in meetings organised by ALICE and WATERBORNE, driving further research and innovation. And we made clear to the European Commission that we want to be at the forefront in the Digital Transport and Logistics Forum (DTLF) ; a forum that aims to digitalise all B2B and B2A communication across the whole transportchain

At the same time we contributed (and still are) contributing to the organisation of the upcoming event under the Finnish Presidency to show innovation in our sector in the Port of Brussel on October 16 and are working on a joint IWT & ports sector narrative that soon will be published. Both initiatives are aiming at convincing the “newcomers” in the Commission and Parliament about the potential Inland Waterway shipping has. Outside “Brussels”, IWT took the stage on many different occasions and left those stages with a positive feedback in our backpockets..

That, and much more, happened since IWT’s launch, but although not fully operational before that time, a lot was done already during 2018. What was done, how it was done and by whom and what we aim for in 2019 and beyond can be read in this report.

Last but not least we created this website. Though it is still work in progress, it is time  “ go live “ . When surfing you will be able to discover IWT’s origin and structure, its objectives, its team and a lot more. It’s the ambition to report through the website about the work done by the respective Committees and to inform relevant stakeholders about what IWT considers as important matters