Marxist. Trade Unionist. Socialist-feminist. Author. Poet. Speaker. Tutor. RMT ex-Exec. Workers' Liberty. Autie. Bi. PUFC fan.

ETF Womens Committee

The European Transport Workers' Federation brings together transport trade unions across Europe. I was elected to a four-year term on its Women's Committee in May 2013.

Report part 1: ETF Women's Committee meeting, October 2014 - The Committee and its Campaigns

Submitted by Janine on 23 November 2014 at 17:21

An ETF Women’s Committee meeting consists of the elected Committee members, representatives of each sector (railways, civil aviation, etc), guests from affiliated trade unions, local women trade unionists (this time, from Antwerp port), and ETF staff. At the next meeting, we will be joined by the newly-elected young women’s representative.

Report part 2: ETF Women's Committee meeting, October 2014 - Women Port Workers

Submitted by Janine on 23 November 2014 at 17:14

Women Working at Antwerp Port

Having begun working as a receptionist in 1975, Monique Verbeeck is the first female secretary of the Belgian port union, BTB. She is also the ITF and ETF women port workers’ representative. Monique introduced a deputation of women union activists from the Port of Antwerp, who addressed the meeting and took us on a visit to the port.

Report part 3: ETF Women's Committee meeting, October 2014 - Country and Sector reports

Submitted by Janine on 23 November 2014 at 17:00

Country Reports


From 2007, the socialist government introduced equality legislation and a framework to demand action against sexism and harassment. But since then, the situation has been worsened by economic crisis, with equalities driven off the agenda, curbs on collective bargaining, crèches closed, and equality plans dropped.

Villanelle: Terminal 420

Submitted by Janine on 14 November 2014 at 19:55

When I visited the Port of Antwerp in October 2014 with the ETF Women's Committee, we were due to go to a particular terminal - but it was closed, after a seafarer was killed while a ship was being loaded the previous day. The port is staffed only by registered dockers, under rules similar to the UK's National Dock Labour Scheme, abolished by the Tories in the 1980s.

Speaking about Violence against Women to European Transport Trade Unionists

Submitted by Janine on 09 October 2021 at 17:48
Event Date

Janine will speak about trade union campaigns against violence against women on London Underground at a two-day conference (hybrid: in Brussels and online) organised by the European Transport workers' Federation's women's committee.

ETF Women's Conference

Submitted by Janine on 12 February 2017 at 11:13
Event Date

The culmination of four years' work on the ETF Women's Committee, and the launch of the next four years.

An assembly of women transport trade unionists from across Europe, meeting in Barcelona.