The ITF urban transport committee brings together representatives of the railway and road transport sections. In 2000, it set up the network on urban transport multinationals, which unites more than 220 activists from 97 unions in 51 countries.
The role of the urban transport multinational network
The network keeps track of the activities of key passenger multinationals in three areas:
- industrial relationships
- collective bargaining agreements
- working conditions
It also facilitates the sharing of information and experiences between unions across the world, and mobilises workers to take action in times of industrial dispute.
The network has followed the acquisitions and takeovers of operators such as Stagecoach, FirstGroup, National Express, Arriva, Veolia/Transdev and Keolis.
The evolution of multinationals
Companies are increasing their investment in a variety of transport sectors. Transdev, for example, boasts on its website of being the ‘world’s most multi-modal company’ and currently runs 13 different modes of transport, operating in 20 countries.
With this kind of activity set to increase, unions must work together and organise on a global scale.
The FirstGroup case study
The successful FirstGroup campaign is an example of the power of international solidarity. It involved road transport unions in the US and the UK working together to win union recognition for school bus workers in the US. It took place in the face of some of the most hostile anti-union activities ever seen from a transport multinational — and involved the organisation of more than 15,000 workers.
Join the ITF urban transport multinational network
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