It’s all on track for women in rail!

Social partners ETF and CER have given a green light for the start of negotiations on an autonomous agreement about women in rail. Meeting at the Rail Social Dialogue Steering Committee, the two organisations also discussed working conditions for mobile workers engaged in cross-border rail services.

5 Jul 2019

Rail Mobile Workers – Joint Conclusions (July 2019)

On 4th July 2019, the President of the Rail Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee (SSDC) Giorgio Tuti (ETF) and the Vice-President Matthias Rohrmann (CER) together with Sabine Trier, Deputy General Secretary of ETF and Libor Lochman, Executive Director of CER, signed the joint conclusions of the “Rail Mobile Workers” project.

This project focused on the implementation and application of the ETF-CER agreement on working conditions of mobile workers engaged in interoperable cross-border rail services (Council Directive 2005/47/EC). In order to follow-up on these project findings, CER and ETF have decided to give further attention to the topic of monitoring and enforcement in the next work programme 2020-2021 of the Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for Railways.


Women in Rail study (2005)

The study published by ETF and CER in 2005 is available in English, French, German, Hungarian, and Italian. It is the outcome of a one-year project coordinated by the European social partners within the frame of the European sectoral social dialogue and benefited by the financial support of the European Commission. The aims were to provide an overview of the sector from the perspective of women employees and to facilitate exchange of good practice in the area of equal opportunity and integration of women in the railway sector.  Trade unions and employers’ from 11 EU Member States participated in the project and in the survey.


Women in Rail Seminars (2012)

In the framework of the European social dialogue project “Follow-up of the CER – ETF Joint Recommendations ‘Better Representation and Integration of Women in the Railway Sector’: Implementation – Evaluation – Review” three thematic seminars were organised in 2011.



Women in Rail: Comparative study (2012)

Study on the situation of women in the rail sector and on the implementation of the European social partners’ Joint Recommendations. The final report was published in 2012.

The study was conducted on behalf of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), the European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) within the EU co-funded project “Follow-up of the CER/ETF Joint Recommendations ‘Better representation and integration of women in the railway sector’ – Implementation- Evaluation- Review”.


Rail Mobile Workers – Final Report (October 2018)

In October 2018, CER and ETF concluded their joint Rail Mobile Workers project. The objective was to assess the implementation and application of CER-ETF 2004 Agreement on certain aspects of working conditions of mobile workers engaged in interoperable cross-border services in the railway sector. The project was financed by the European Commission.

The final report is available in English, French and German.


Women in Rail – 5th Annual Report (2018)

Women in Rail – CER-ETF 5th Annual Report on the development of women’s employment in the European railway sector, presenting data of 2017. The survey was conducted in 2018.

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