Decades of deregulation, subcontracting, and excessive competition have led to a downward spiral in rates of pay, conditions and labour protections for road transport workers, creating economic pressures that make the road transport industry unsafe and unsustainable.
Through organising, contract negotiation, monitoring and enforcement, the ITF is strengthening union capacity to create a safe and sustainable road transport industry.
Road transport workers globally are fighting for decent work that ensures economic employers, governments and transport operators work together to establish a fair price that takes into account the social costs of transport.
Decades of ignoring the sector's decent work shortage – and reliance on pools of exploitable, informal or migrant labour – have meant that trucking companies, and their multinational customers, have not had to invest in their workforces and supply chain. Only 2% of truck drivers are women, and the average age of truck drivers is over 50-years old and rising fast.
The ITF Road Transport Section is using a multi-pronged strategy to build union power, address the shortage of decent work in our industry and create safe and sustainable supply chains.
The three pillars of this strategy are:
- Implementing the 2019 Guidelines on the promotion of decent work and road safety in the transport sector, which outline the responsibilities of road transport stakeholders – including employers and customers of road transport services – at the international level.
- Championing the Road Transport Due Diligence Model (RTDD), which is a worker-centred framework for setting minimum standards, monitoring compliance and remedying adverse impacts on drivers. The model is built through cooperation with companies that are seeking to ensure their supply chain transportation complies with human and labour rights standards.
- Winning and enforcing Safe Rates, which establishes a regulatory system for setting, implementing, and enforcing fair transport costs and minimum rates of pay for road transport drivers, ensuring the accountability of all road transport stakeholders.
The ITF is focused on supporting its affiliated unions to protect worker conditions, pay and rights, while bringing them together on a sector-wide basis to challenge power at the top of supply chains.
The members we represent work in passenger and freight transport for both public and private companies. They include workers in all forms of employment including directly, subcontracted, part-time, temporary, dependent / independent contractor, misclassified and informal.
Gräfenhausen strikers demonstrate that supply chain accountability is possible through workers’ solidarity
The ITF Road Transport Section has 268 affiliates from 118 countries representing more than 2 million workers.