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Collective bargaining to improve Chinese bus services

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Funding, Management, Occupational health and safety, Social inclusion, Uncategorized |

Bus companies in Shenyang have signed China’s first ever collective bargaining agreement for public transport workers in a bid to reduce staff turnover levels that are undermining service quality. Shenyang bus drivers work up to 14 hours a day, the Chinadaily website reports, and until the new deal was signed last month their pay had not increased for 10 years. Now they are receiving an immediate 15 per cent rise, and the deal also guarantees them at least one day off each week. Bus drivers...

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Gold medals for South American cable cars

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Latin America and Caribbean, Social inclusion, Systems, Uncategorized |

The introduction of cable cars over the River Thames in London has been an eye-catching innovation during the Olympic Games there, but the 2016 host city, Rio de Janeiro, has taken the technology much further. While some have questioned the social value of investment in subway extensions in Rio, the construction of a cable car link to the Alemão favela has few critics. The idea of linking slum areas to the public transport network by cable car was pioneered in Medellin, Colombia, and then...

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Development banks pledge $175 million investment in sustainable transport

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Funding, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, Oceania, PPP, Services, Sub-Saharan Africa, Systems, Uncategorized |

Eight multilateral development banks (MDBs) announced at the Rio+20 summit  that they would set earmark $175 billion to finance sustainable transport systems over the next decade. The pledge was made jointly by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and Islamic Development Bank. “Rapid motorization is creating more...

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