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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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Minimum wage rise leads to fares dispute in Zambia

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Bus, Employment, Funding, Management, PPP, Precarious work, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa |

A dispute in Zambia has highlighted tensions between bus workers, their employers and passengers when public transport systems have insufficient resources to pay fair wages while keeping fares affordable. The southern African country’s government has recently increased the minimum wage, and in response private bus operators have raised fares by 600 Kwacha (about 12 US cents) for local journeys in the capital, Lusaka. Now the Commuters Rights Association of Zambia (CRAZ) has urged passengers...

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