Improving services and sustainability through better jobs and democracy

The International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) have agreed to work together to promote the development and expansion of public transport.

The organisations represent global employers and workers in public transport respectively, and share the view that public transport is “a motor for sustainable growth and the creation of green jobs, as well as environmental protection in reducing congestion and pollution”.

They plan to develop joint recommendations in vocational training and staff security, and to promote a shift from informal to formal employment in the sector.

They also plan to represent the interests of public transport employers and workers in international organisations “to promote the high quality employment thatpublic transport offers in urban areas”.

“This is the first time we have signed such an agreement with an international trade union federation and it is therefore of great importance to UITP,” noted UITP Secretary General, Alain Flausch, adding:

“Investing in public transport infrastructure and services creates direct jobs but is also a fantastic generator for wider business activity and indirect jobsfor city economies.”

ITF acting general secretary Steve Cotton said: “This signing dedicates both bodies to the cause of public transport systems that are accessible, safe and good for all those who use and work on them. It also upholds the spirit of joint working and tripartism embodied by the ILO.”
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