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Workers and firms unite to improve driver treatment

[ May 20, 2021   //   ]

The Global Shippers Alliance (GSA), the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have launched a Driver Charter to improve how people are treated at collection and delivery sites.
It also aims to address some of the barriers to recruitment in the industry, especially for women and young people, in order to equitably solve chronic driver shortages. More than one fifth of vacancies remain unfilled in many countries but only 2% of truck drivers globally are women, and as few as 5% of drivers are under 25 in Europe and Russia.
GSA chairman, Denis Choumert, said: “Shippers want to run collection and delivery sites that are welcoming and secure for drivers. It is in our interest, and the interest of efficient global supply chains, to make sure that drivers are empowered to do their job well. This charter will encourage compliance with laws and standards on loading and unloading sites, and best practice on how we can best work with commercial drivers all over the world.”
General secretary Stephen Cotton, ITF added: “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world the importance of transport workers, and the drivers, who have kept the world moving. These workers must be able to do their job in a safe, respectful and non-discriminatory environment, with decent employment conditions. This charter is an important step by employers, shippers and unions to improve treatment for these key workers, and also for attracting more women and young people into the industry.”
To sign, visit: https://support-our-drivers.org/

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