Representing railway workers around the world. Railway workers include train drivers, engineers, guards, control officers, signal staff, yard officials, shunters, rolling stock and track maintenance workers, cleaners, caterers, ticket staff and customer service professionals.
We fight for the rights of railway workers through: campaigning, education, research and solidarity. We share information and coordinate action to combat the negative effects of restructuring, privatisation and outsourcing.
The ITF railway workers’ section brings together affiliated unions from around the world defend jobs and promote safety for all. Following the restructuring of railway systems, our united focus is on:
- responding to the impact of changing jobs, working conditions and trade union rights
- promoting railway safety and organising railway workers across the industry
- advocating for public investment in the development of railways to ensure decent working conditions and permanent work
- building union capacity for negotiating with employers, governments and international institutions
The ITF has a vision for Safe and Sustainable Railways for All.
- Safety - Railways that are properly staffed are safer, whether that’s at the station, on the train, or in other essential areas like maintenance and repairs.
- Accessibility - Railways that are properly staffed are not only safer but are also more accessible for those with mobility issues, including older people and people with disabilities.
- Sustainability - Train travel is one of the most environmentally efficient modes of transport. Investment in rail infrastructure including trains that use clean energy is essential for tackling climate change. Rail workers must have a say in the introduction of new technology and be protected through a just transition.
- Public Ownership - Railways should be publicly owned and accountable. The primary interest of private operators is profit, not the social good.
The ITF Railways Section has 141 affiliates from 83 countries representing over 1,750,000 workers.