Railway safety means removing risk and danger from our workplaces and providing a safe form of public transport for passengers. However, restructuring and profit-led policies have taken their toll.
As a result of railway privatisation, outsourcing and cuts, railway safety is a firm fixture on section meeting agendas. In recent years, there have been a number of serious railway accidents leading to multiple casualties and environmental damage. Railway safety is, and always has been, a union issue.
What is ITF doing?
If a rail accident occurs, the ITF demands that unions in the area are included in the subsequent investigations.
How you can help improve railway safety:
- take part in awareness-raising activities and events
- keep us informed about issues relating to railway safety, accidents and investigations
- share best practice with other railway union affiliates
This information needs to be reinstated after congress:
We prepared a policy statement on railway safety, based on a survey of affiliates in 2012 which showed that railway safety is still a serious issue.