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Safe and sustainable rail can help power the world out of the economic, climate and social crises we face today. Safe and sustainable rail is a new economic and social model that redefines the role of passengers, workers, employers, the state and the environment.

Public investment in rail can kickstart the recovery of our economies. Rail reduces carbon emissions. Rail and public transport are the key to the radical, green modal shift we need in transport.

Rail fuels economic and social equality through access to employment, skilled jobs and higher wages. On average, every one job created in rail creates another job in manufacturing, food, trade or other sectors. Rail also provides citizens with the mobility needed to access jobs and livelihoods.

Our vision for rail is:

1. Safe
Properly staffed and decent jobs for railway workers – to ensure optimum safety and guarantee access for all.

2. Sustainable
Millions of good, green jobs in rail giving future generations a better world.

3. Social Justice
Workers have a voice on use of new technology and supply chains are free from abuse.

4. Publicly-owned
Railways that operate for good, not profit, and are safely in public hands. Privatisation puts passengers, workers, and our communities at risk.

Click here to learn more about our demands for Safe and Sustainable rail.

All campaign materials are available for download in English here.

Campaign materials in all languages are available here.

 

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Railways News

News | 20 Nov 2022 Press Release

Breakthrough on loss and damage, attempts to sideline labour standards

The global climate summit, COP27, concluded today with a breakthrough on the Global South’s decades-long call for a fund to pay for climate-related loss and...

News | 04 Oct 2022

Striketober: Railway unions are fighting for Safe and Sustainable Rail

Newspapers described it as the biggest strike in decades. On Saturday October 1, more than 50,000 workers on the UK’s rails were on strike. Members from the RMT,...

News | 24 Jun 2022 Press Release

Trade unions across the world tell Grant Shapps: “UK’s reputation is at risk”

Over 100 global transport unions, from 52 countries, have written to the UK’s Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, urging him to meet with striking UK...

News | 26 May 2022

Better future for transport workers under Australian Labor

The International Transport Workers' Federation has welcomed the election of a Federal Labor Government in Australia, describing it as an opportunity to lift...

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