PSO stands for “public service obligations”. In 2007 the European Union adopted a major piece of legislation setting the legal framework on how public passenger transport is organised, what is allowed and what not. This is Regulation (EC) 1370/2007 on public passenger transport by rail and road.
In the run up to this piece of legislation, the ETF and its affiliates struggled hard for a regulation that works for workers. We achieved:
It is now up to the trade unions to act politically at national, regional and local level to convince politicians to make those choices and in particular to protect the working conditions of public transport workers and prevent a race to the bottom.
The Trade Union Guide to the PSO Regulation explains the options of the regulations and motivates to act.
ATTENTION: In December 2016 this regulation was amended to further liberalise rail public passenger transport (Regulation (EU) 2016/2338). An update of the guide is in preparation but those changes do not affect urban public transport.