BRU, Bulgaria

The closing activity of ITF action week was Union council meeting of BRU – the biggest railway branch structure of FTTUB. Trade union leaders and activists from all regions of Bulgaria met to share the state of the different railway sub-sectors and its impact on workers. They discussed and adopted measures for responding to problems encountered and compiled plan for the future activities. Everybody testified their solidarity to all brothers and sisters from ITF. The women members of the council emphasized that strong unions need women!


Ce matin (le 7 octobre), une équipe composée du Secrétaire Général de la FESYTRAT, du Secrétaire Général Adjoint et du Trésorier Général de l’Union des Routiers du Togo (URT) a fait une tournée dans les parkings des conducteurs de camions gros porteurs au Port Autonome de Lomé (PAL) où on retrouve les chauffeurs du Burkina Faso, du Mali, du Niger et du Togo. La sensibilisation a porté sur la Journée mondiale du Travail décent. Les chauffeurs ont eu des informations sur la problématique du travail décent et du travail précaire ainsi que sur les discussions qui ont commencé le mardi 04 octobre dernier à la Direction Générale du Travail à Lomé sur la Convention Collective des Sociétés des Transports Routiers et des Hydrocarbures du Togo. L’équipe de la sensibilisation a profité de l’occasion pour informer les chauffeurs de la Charte des Travailleurs informels des transports. Le Secrétaire Général de la FESYTRAT a accordé une interview sur le travail décent à radio Nana Fm qui l’une des radios qui ont plus d’audience d’écoute à Lomé.


This morning (7 October), a team composed of the General Secretary of FESYTRAT, the Deputy General Secretary and Treasurer of URT toured parking places for tractor trailer drivers in the Autonomous Port of Lomé (PAL) where drivers from Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Togo can be found. Awareness focused on the World Day for Decent Work. The drivers received information on the issue of decent work and precarious work as well as the discussions that began on Tuesday  October at the Directorate General of Labour in Lome on the Collective Agreement for road transport and petroleum companies in Togo. The outreach team took the opportunity to inform drivers of the Informal Transport Workers’ Charter. The General Secretary of FESYTRAT gave an interview on decent work to Nana FM radio; one of the most listened to radio stations in Lomé.

BREL and BRSL, Bangladesh

BREL and BRSL observed the ITF Action Week together on 5 October by organising a mass meeting at Dhaka Railway Station, followed by a colourful rally with banners. The rally ended at the administrative building of Bangladeshi Railway. The unions also held a seminar on 7 October.

MTCPWU, Mongolia

On 8 October, MTCPWU leaders and staff met over 600 microbus drivers and conductors who run their businesses at Narantuul market and introduced the workers to union activities and appealed to them to form a union in order to protect their rights. The most urgent challenge for those workers at Narantuul market is the non-guarantee for their workplaces. According to transportation standards, public transportation entities or individuals should use buses or microbuses that are not older than 12 years after manufacture date. But most of the private drivers’ microbuses are second hand or used old vehicles imported from South Korea. Almost 1,200 drivers are not able to renew or change vehicles and so their workplace is not guaranteed. The private transport workers’ union which is an affiliate of MTCPWU has agreed to organize those workers and promised to fight back for their rights in order to solve many challenging problems.


PISTON, Philippines

PISTON returned to the Philippines’ House of Representatives at the Batasan Hills, Quezon City on 5 October with posters that  read “Decongest Traffic; Nationalize and Fix the MRT-LRT (system)”..  As the Lower House Representatives tabled the proposed budget for the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the union accompanied representatives of Light Rail Transport workers (LRT 1) who have been dismissed because of “lost”  or “unaccounted ticket sales”. When making ticket sales, workers have to press the computer keyboard more than once to show the correct amount of tickets sold. Each computer stroke is recorded and so it is the total number of keystrokes that the management is using to tally the number of tickets sold. Technically, the LRT 1, who are assigned to receive payments and issue tickets, are contract workers whose contracts have not been renewed by the LRT management. The workers’ contracts have been renewed every six months, for the last ten to fifteen years – which is why they are called ‘permanent contractual’. The Kilusang Mayo Uno, of which is why they are called ‘permanent contractuals. ’ The Kilusang Mayo Uno, of which PISTON is also a member, are helping the LRT workers to file their case before the appropriate government agency. Since it is the DOTr which is managing the LRT 1 system, they are government workers.  Workers at another LRT line have approached PISTON and the union is trying to help their case.

Lithuanian transport trade unions

On 7 October the meeting organised by the Lithuanian transport trade unions Forum took place in the truck drivers’ Information Centre at the border between Lithuania  and Poland in the frames of the ITF Actions week.  Participants discussed the issues of public transport in Lithuania, problems of Lithuanian truck drivers working in Europe and the problems of the drivers from the third countries that they face in Lithuania. The possible solutions included revival of the Baltic transport unions network and renewal of negotiations  with the employers’ organisation LINAVA on branch agreements.    


Unifor, Canada

In Canada, various local unions of Unifor participated in ITF Action Week by talking to road transportation workers at various locations  including rest stops,  fuel depots and parking locations. In Ontario, Local 4268 focused on school bus drivers many of whom  work for multinational companies like First Group and National Express. Unifor represents about 1,800 school bus drivers and is currently embarked on a campaign of how this work is put to tender which is causing downward pressure on the already poorly compensated drivers.


View the Unifor Canada campaign materials

SRUT, Thailand

On 7 October SRUT marked the World Day for Decent Work and its activities for the ITF Action Week with leafleting of passengers at Hua Lumphong Railway Station in Bangkok to emphasize the importance of rail safety.

SNTT, Columbia

El cinco de octubre de 2016 en el marco de la semana de Acción de la ITF, y la conmemoración de “Los Derechos Laborales para los Trabajadores del Transporte informales”, las mujeres del  sector informal del SNTT de Colombia realizaron actividad de volanteo, visibilización y afiliación en la subdirectiva de Tolú mediante la entrega de volantes e información de la importancia de estar organizados. Los/as  trabajadores/as de las distintas modalidades de Transporte fueron abordados en sus lugares de  trabajo tanto terrestre como fluvial, en sociedad portuaria (MUELLES) y terminales de transporte.


On 5 October 2016 ,within the framework of the ITF Action Week and commemoration of “labor rights for informal transport workers” women in the informal sector from SNTT Colombia conducted leafleting, visibility and membership activities in Tolu by delivering flyers and information about the importance of being organized. Workers from different modes of transport were approached in their workplaces – both on land and river – in the port company (MUELLES) and transport terminals.

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