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Ensuring the continuity of public transport services during the coronavirus pandemic is essential to ensure that ‘the health crisis does not turn into a social one’, according to the International Association of Public Transport, United Cities & Local Governments, the International Transport Workers’ Federation and the International Union of Railways.
Issuing a joint statement, the organisations said the public transport sector was ‘impressive by its strength of community’. Highlighting that trade unions are an important source of knowledge and that local government officials also have a vital role to play, they said services should be arranged so that transport workers and passengers can travel safely, adding that it was ‘vital’ to maintain connections with inter-city services.
They emphasied that health and safety measures should apply regardless of any workers’ contractual status, and be responsive to different genders and migration statuses.
Examples of good practice include:
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