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Promoting quality public transport in the world’s growing cities

News, 27 July 2011

What does a quality urban public transport system look like, and how do transport workers contribute to it?

Those are the questions Public World is addressing in a project with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), which links 779 unions representing nearly five million transport workers in 155 countries.

The project is studying how employment relationships, terms and conditions contribute to quality in urban public transport. As well as providing ITF with information and analysis to guide its organising and education activities, the project is feeding into the Quality Public Services campaign launched recently by the family of global unions of which ITF is part.

ITF Inland Transport Secretary Mac Urata said: “The majority of the world’s population now lives in cities, and there is growing recognition that they require well resourced and properly planned public transport. We have worked with Public World for many years, and their long experience of promoting quality public services makes them an ideal partner in this project.”

Alana Dave, ITF’s Education Officer, and co-ordinator of its climate change work, noted that its 2010 Congress committed ITF to supporting “transition to a green industry policy”. The aim would be to achieve the necessary carbon emission reductions while creating millions of new socially and environmentally sustainable jobs, she said, adding: “Quality public transport is at the heart of this challenge.”

The first published materials from the project will appear during 2012, so come back soon for an update. Meanwhile, for more information, please email admin@publicworld.org with 'quality public transport' in the subject field.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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