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Decent work must drive sustainable urban passenger transport services post-COVID-19

Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), details the importance of guaranteeing health protections and decent employment for urban passenger transport workers, and outlines how and why ITF is seeking a ‘just transition’ for the industry’s workers in order to deliver improvements to working conditions, the environment and the world’s communities.

Decent work must drive sustainable urban passenger transport services post-COVID-19

Credit: International Transport Workers’ Federation

Urban passenger transport is one of the most significant urban employers, and is the largest in some cities. Globally, 7.3 million workers are employed in urban passenger transport services and several million more in the informal economy. The role that these services play in getting people to work and vitalising local economies means that its indirect impact on employment is much greater.

The role of urban passenger transport workers during COVID-19

While the skills, knowledge and experience that these workers possess are highly valuable, it is only with COVID-19 that the role of the workforce has been given widespread visibility and recognition”

Urban passenger transport workers have kept urban transport systems moving as a vital public service. While the skills, knowledge and experience that these workers possess are highly valuable, it is only with COVID-19 that the role of the workforce has been given widespread visibility and recognition.