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UITP - ETF Joint Recommendations for combating violence and insecurity on urban public transport

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Introduction

In 2003, the European Social Partners, UITP and ETF, signed ‘Joint Recommendations in the field of insecurity and feelings of insecurity in local public transport’. The European Social Partners acknowledge that as societies have evolved, so have the threats from third party violence in urban public transport. A climate of non-respect for the public good including workers in the public space spreads through the European society and leads to urban public transport workers facing violence, aggression and other forms of anti-social behaviour at work on a daily basis. Such an environment adversely affects working conditions and at the same time creates an atmosphere of insecurity also for customers. This in turn decreases the attractiveness of employment within the sector, preventing new workers from joining in, most particularly women, who are already underrepresented. Subsequently, the European Social Partners agreed to revise those recommendations to reflect the latest developments in the sector.

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