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01 April 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 10:19 GMT+2

March 18, 2020

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ETFs, FEPORT, IDC and ESPO call for financial support port companies affected by the Covid-19 emergency

They asked the EU Commission to provide guidance on emergency health measures to be applied at ports

In a communication today to urge workers and port sector employers to strictly comply with measures to safeguard health and safety during Pandemic of Covid-19, the European Workers' Union ETF transport, the European Federation of Port Terminalists private FEPORT, the international trade union of port workers IDC and the European Ports Association ESPO have highlighted that disastrous economic consequences of this pandemic should port companies in the coming months.

In light of this forecast, the European Trasnport Workers' Federation, the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals, the International Dockworkers Council and the European Sea Ports Organisation stressed that, in order to avoid disruption to logistics chains and job losses, It is of the utmost importance that companies in the sector are supported financially.

In addition, the four organisations have asked the Commission European Commission to provide guidance on emergency measures to be applied at ports and to recommend to Member States to take all necessary actions to preserve health security in the port sector, including the necessary means so that companies can ensure security and workers' health.

For ETF, FEPORT, IDC and ESPO, it is critical important in this difficult context that measures are implemented health and safety in all ports Europe to preserve the health of workers, to limit spread of the virus and avoid the prolongation of this crisis and its economic consequences.

ETFs, FEPORT, IDC and ESPO concluded by soliciting all port companies to ensure that these measures are effectively implemented and to provide all the means necessary to protect employees in the workplace and asking all port workers to strictly comply with the measures for health and safety that have been taken to address this serious emergency.

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