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IRU’s push for global coordination shows results

Spearheaded by IRU, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) have made urgent pleas for governments’ health departments to coordinate measures and avoid restricting the movement of transport workers.

The transport bodies, which represent more than USD 20 trillion of world trade annually and 65 million global transport workers across the supply chain, shared fears that ‘knee-jerk’ decisions made by governments to re-impose travel restrictions for transport workers in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant could shatter supply chains and delay global economic recovery.  Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO and Guy Ryder, Director General of ILO listened to the concern of the transport industry:

  • World Health Organization and International Labour Organization agree to form an Action Group to ensure implementation of COVID-19 protocols for transport workers. 
  • Crisis talks held as nations rush to unilaterally reinstate travel restrictions, following the emergence of the Omicron variant. 
  • Plans are underway to institute a ‘Yellow Card’ style covid vaccine document for international transport workers. 
  • Further solutions on the freedom of movement for transport workers will be discussed at the UN Secretary General’s Executive Committee in January 

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