“Make Transport Fit for Women to Work in!” – ETF sounds alarm over industry’s growing gender divide
Eliminating the entrenched male culture, improving working conditions, equal treatment, and work-life balance, providing access to proper sanitary facilities, and ensuring safe workplaces are the major factors in attracting and retaining women in the transport industry, reveals ETF’s survey of around 3,000 women transport workers across Europe from all transport sectors.
ETF’s survey report marks the beginning of a campaign to ‘Make Transport Fit for Women to Work in’ targeting policymakers and social partners (trade unions and companies) at both national and European level. COVID-19 threatens to deepen the unveiled alarming gender divide that keeps women from staying in and joining the industry if concerned parties fail to take immediate action.
The current EU transport policies fail to address and remedy the fact that only 22% of women make up the transport industry’s workforce. The ETF Women’s Committee took matters into its own hands by conducting a survey to uncover the real reasons for the low female employment rate in transport and to find out what is needed to make the transport sector fair and fit for women to work in.
ETF’s survey revealed that five barriers resulting from gender inequalities and stereotypes persist in the sector, deterring women from joining the industry and impacting their retention:
Against this background, the ETF demands that all stakeholders take immediate action by:
ETF’s campaign calls on all actors to step up and act upon these demands to make transport fit for women to work in.
“Breaking barriers and making the sector fit for women workers has become more urgent than ever before: failure to achieve this is unacceptable. Transport cannot remain a male-dominated sector. We must emerge from this crisis and move towards a transport sector that guarantees equal, health and violence-free workplaces for all workers!”, commented Sara Tripodi, Chair of the ETF Women’s Committee.
“To prevent COVID-19 from deepening the gender divide, we need to build a gender-equal new normal. Through involvement of trade unions, gender-responsive policies and measures need to be developed to answer the needs of women transport workers!”, underlined Livia Spera, ETF General Secretary.
 Figure from European Commission
ETF’s key campaign action dates: