pandemic is unprecedented: it is reshaping the world economy in a way that has
never been seen before. At the centre of it are transport workers, who are
keeping the world moving and linking supply chains, despite the crisis.
It is essential
that workers are protected and supported to take the measures necessary to help
control the spread of the virus.
Today more than
ever, transport workers will ensure that essential supplies reach those who
need them, people can return home and those who need to work can still get
there or access hospitals for treatment. Public transport workers, truck
drivers, warehouse workers, delivery drivers, aviation workers, dockers,
seafarers and more will continue to work during this crisis.
are vital to successfully responding to the challenge of Covid-19.
During the current
COVID-19 crisis, violence in the world of work and the gender-segregated nature
of the transport industry will continue to have a disproportionately negative
impact on women transport workers. The future of work will become an even more
pressing issue as we emerge on the other side of this crisis and as the
transport industry adapts to the new reality, with the risk of further
disadvantaging women in the sector.
Aspects of this crisis that women will face
There are many
aspects of this crisis that women will face specifically or disproportionately,
not exclusively including:
vulnerability to catching and spreading the virus and to violence at work due
to over-representation in customer-facing roles and lack of sufficient and
non-payment of salary and/or wage cuts,
in cleaning work,
in informal or precarious work,
in the immediately and severely affected cruise and civil aviation sectors,
share of unpaid care responsibilities,
increased risk of
domestic violence as an additional consequence of isolation and curfews, and
lack of support due to the economic impact on survivor support services and
low levels of representation
in industry decision-making bodies with concern about the long-term impact on
women’s participation in the industry.
sufficient access to decent sanitation is critical to the prevention of illness
and slowing the spread of the virus. This issue is relevant to all workers, but
for women there are additional concerns.
The ITF Transport Workers’
Sanitation Charter contains information and demands relevant for all unions in
our response to COVID-19.