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Sectoral social dialogue - Railways

Social partners

Employees' organisations Employers' organisations
European Transport Workers' Federation Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies
  European Rail Infrastructure Managers


Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • passenger and freight transport by rail.

Rail accounts for over 17% of all intra-EU inland freight transport and 8.4 - 8.6% of passenger transport. However, over medium to long distances on some rail corridors, its share can reach 35% (e.g. freight transport on the Rotterdam-Genoa rail line) or even 80% (e.g. passenger transport on the Lyon-Paris rail line).

Challenges include completing the internal market for rail services, a prerequisite for achieving a Single European Railway Area. This includes the abolition of technical, administrative and legal obstacles which still impede entry to national railway markets.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • follow-up of joint agreements and recommendations
  • joint project on the identification and prevention of psychosocial risks in the railway sector
  • joint project on insecurity and the feeling of insecurity in rail passenger transport.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • Joint project on insecurity and the feeling of insecurity in rail passenger transport – follow-up to the joint recommendations of the European social partners (2011-12)
  • WIR - Women In Rail - good practices and implementation guide (2012)
  • Practical guide: Employability in the face of demographic change - prospects for the European rail sector (2011)
  • Agreement on certain aspects of the working conditions of railway mobile workers assigned to interoperable cross-border services (2004) implemented by Council Directive 2005/47/EC

See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).


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