Federation Sets Action Week (10/3)


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The International Transport Workers’ Federation, to which the SIU is affiliated, issued the following news release, dated Oct. 3:


International transport action week begins Monday


Hundreds of thousands of transport workers worldwide will join together starting Monday as part of an international action week organized by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF). During the action week (October 6-12), road transport and railway unions will take action to highlight issues of local and national concern, such as deregulation, outsourcing, promotion of public transport, decent working conditions, safety issues, HIV/AIDS, driver fatigue, and enforcement of labor laws. They will stand up for workers’ rights and emphasize the importance of being a union member.


This year, workers in those sectors will be joined by their docker and seafarer colleagues on October 9 in a day dedicated to the safety of containers, which are handled and transported by drivers, dockers, train staff and seafarers. The week will also include activities around the World Day for Decent Work on October 7 and against the Uber taxi app on October 8.


Among the countries where actions are planned are Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lithuania, Luxembourg (where a demonstration will be held on October 8 organized by the European Transport Workers’ Federation), Malaysia, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Spain, Tanzania, Togo, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey, Uganda, UK, USA and Zimbabwe.


Mac Urata, ITF inland transport section secretary, commented: “This action week allows transport workers and their national unions to focus on the areas most important to them while speaking with one united, global voice. Deregulation, privatization and liberalization have dramatically changed the road and rail industries in recent decades – usually for the worse for transport workers and the travelling public alike. Public transport, for example, is under threat as never before. Together during the action week we will defend these vital services and the jobs, working conditions and rights of those who work in them.”


To find out more about the action week, including the container day, visit www.itfactionweek2014.org.


For more about the World Day for Decent Work visit http://2014.wddw.org




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