A delegation of Japanese railway and transport workers’ representatives visited ETF on Monday 5 November to exchange views on the challenges transport workers face nowadays.
The Japanese colleagues learned about the struggles of European transport workers, the ETF, its structure and the main activities within the railway section. After the introduction from the ETF side, there was a Q&A session with specific questions on the EU’s approach to the railway industry with regards to liberalisation and modernisation of the European railway market. During the subsequent debate, the impact of platform work as well as the consequences of digitalisation and automation on transport workers both in the EU and Japan were addressed.
The visit consisted of delegates from the Railway Workers’ Union, Japan Railway Trade Unions’ Confederation, West Japan Railway Trade Union, General Federation of Private Railway & Bus Workers’ Unions, Tokyo Metro Workers’ Union, Electric Railway Labor Union, Japan Dockworkers’ Union, and Japanese Council of Transport Workers’ Unions.