International agreement

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) have signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding with the combined vision of promoting the development of high quality public transport globally.

The ITF and UITP have agreed to work together to promote the development and expansion of public transport worldwide as a motor for sustainable growth and the creation of green jobs as well as environmental protection in reducing congestion and pollution.

The two organisations also agree to represent the interests of public transport employers and workers in international organisations to promote the high quality employment that public transport offers in urban areas.

"This is the first time we have signed such an agreement with an international trade union federation and it is therefore of great importance to UITP," says UITP Secretary General Alain Flausch.

"Investing in public transport infrastructure and services creates direct jobs but is also a fantastic generator for wider business activity and indirect jobs for city economies".

ITF Acting General Secretary Steve Cotton says the memorandum of understanding signals the opening of a new phase in the federations relationship with the UITP that is based on building fairer, more sustainable public transport worldwide.

"This signing dedicates both bodies to the cause of public transport systems that are accessible, safe and good for all those who use and work on them."

UITPANZ is the Australia and New Zealand branch of UITP.

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