Africa’s urban transport

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The ARC will look at African unions’ experience in organising informal/precarious workers in the urban transport sector and of the safety and organising challenges posed.

Question 1

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How can unions build and grow membership in this area?

Question 2

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What kind of political campaigning, lobbying can unions pursue to fight for safety and public funding in this sector?

Question 3

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How can we make alliances with civil society or like-minded organisations?

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Establish informal workers' unions

In most of our urban transport sector the operators are individuals who sholud be educated on the importance of unity and the usefulness of employment contracts which will result into more productivity and hence, the particular informal workers union well be affiliated to the congress.

About the Illiteracy in the whole Union per say.

As far as increasing membership is concerned, most urban companies's employing requirement starndards are now are now mostly the education background,,,not just the driving Licence alone.,like before,,,,meaning now most of the Transport workers are now leanerd,,,,but comming to the Union officials,there is a lot of illiteracy amongst the workers there."The world is looking for the best now";;and this applies in every aspect of life..Here there is a lot of misunderstanding,,,manner of approch,,,I.e. Not understanding the times we are in now.So I think all the ITF Afilliating Unions must have a WAY OF BEING CONTROLED by ITF,,in a form setting a curtain starndard of Compliance to the demands of this current times.For example Policies of being under ITF,age restriction,,education background etc


To organise these workers first we must have a body rather than individuals who employ these workers on daily basis. If they can be employed on Monthly basis and have permanent jobs then they can fill secure and it will be easy to organize them. The governments should be told to license only those operators who operates under one body or sacco which is easier to put pressure on than the individual operators.


The unions can lobby the governments to force these operators to employ these workers on monthly basis and also pay for them social security funds and hospital insurance funds so that they can feel secured. Also insurance for the operators and introduce them to financial institutions where they can access loans to educate their children and live a good life.

Alliances with civil societies

The civil society are the ones who use these urban transport and if they can be approached and educated on the importance of organizing these workers they can greatly help because they socialize with them on daily basis. They can advocate for better transport services and urge the government to implement these changes.

Use of social security funds.

Previously membership to social security funds was for people in formal employment,but of recently like in TANZANIA it has been introduced even for self employed people.There are so many benefits provided by these social security funds some are long term and other are short term benefits like medical,injury at work etc. They attract and they are meaningful let us introduce them especially for informal sector workers,eg. Bodaboda operaters