|Employees' organisations||Employers' organisations|
|European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF)||Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)|
|European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM)|
Social dialogue in this sector covers activities defined by NACE (Rev.2) classes 49.1, 49.2 as well as partially class 52.2:
- passenger rail transport (including local trains)
- rail freight transport
- operation of rail infrastructure
Around 765,000 people work in the EU rail sector (Eurostat, Labour Force Survey, data 2014). people are employed in the railway sector. Rail accounts for 17% of EU freight transport and 7.4% of land passenger transport (‘EU transport in figures’ 2015, based on 2013 data).
However, on certain routes the share of rail can be much higher (e.g. 66% for freight traffic crossing the Swiss Alps – 'EU transport in figures' 2015).
The issues in the rail sector include:
- transitioning to a market with competing service providers
- ageing workforce
- problems recruiting staff
- competing with other modes of transport.
EU rail policy is geared towards creating a single European railway area. This includes abolishing technical, administrative and legal obstacles that stop new rail operatings entering the markets. This should improve working conditions in the sector.
- close follow-up on Commission initiatives, such as the
- attracting new staff and passengers
- manageing an ageing work-force
- recruiting younger people
- improving passenger and staff safety.
The social partners work on joint projects and monitor the implementation of their recommendations and joint agreements.
They carry out a regular member survey on gender diversity in the rail sector – to check the implementation of their recommendation on the integration of women in the railway sector.
Activities and meetings
Check the social dialogue texts database