ETF believes that mobility is a citizen’s right which must be guaranteed by access to inclusive and affordable public transport. Moreover, public transport is a solution for sustainable mobility, contributing to the fight against climate change, congestions and air/noise pollution in cities. UPT thus contributes to the health and wellbeing and of European citizens.
The sector employs more than one million people and is often a main employer in local communities. However, workers in the sector face threats from liberalisation and privatisation agenda. Social dumping in public transport is facilitated by the growing competition created by tendering of public transport services, some of which is encouraged by EU rules. New forms of work such as Uber are also undermining quality employment in urban public transport.
For the ETF quality public transport services for citizens and good working conditions for public transport workers go hand in hand. One is not possible without the other.
The priorities of the ETF Urban Public Transport (UPT) Committee are:
The ETF takes part in European sectoral social dialogue in UPT with the employers’ representative UITP as partner. We push for meaningful social dialogue in UPT, addressing common issues like training and qualifications, health and safety, aggression in public transport, women’s employment, technological developments and sustainable urban mobility.