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INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS’ FEDERATION 43rd Congress


Sofia, 14 August 2014


Urban Transport Committee REPORT


The Urban Transport Committee took place on 14 August 2014.


In the absence of Stefan Heimlich (Chair of the ITF Urban Transport Committee), Ed Watt (USA) chaired the meeting.


Rosa Pavanelli (PSI general secretary) addressed the meeting. She explained that the challenges facing ITF affiliates were similar to the issues being dealt with on the PSI agenda, for example, attacks on workers’ rights in particular the right to strike, high unemployment rates as a result of the economic crisis, the policies of the IMF and World Bank, and the consequences of austerity measures. She stressed that unions need to develop alternatives to these challenges and build workers’ power, campaigning to protect the right to strike.


Agenda Item 1: Election of Rapporteur 1.


2.


It was agreed that the newly-­‐elected chair of the committee will be the rapporteur.


Wayne Butson (RMTU, New Zealand) and Tim Beaty (International Brotherhood of Teamsters, USA) were elected scrutineer and teller.


Agenda Item 2: Congress Theme Document Agenda Item 3: Four Year Work Programme


3. 4. It was agreed to discuss agenda items 2 and 3 together.


Mac Urata (section secretary, ITF inland transport sections) referenced the Congress Theme Document, From global crisis to global justice – transport workers fighting back and outlined the three priorities for the ITF Urban Transport Committee for 2014-­‐2018, namely:


• Strategic union programmes on passenger multinationals • Our Public Transport campaign • Implementation of the memorandum of understanding with UITP


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