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Commission on Social Affairs

Commission on Social Affairs

Permanent and long-term working Programme

  • Monitor and influence trends in social regulations – notably in the area of driving and working time regulations – including the employment and working conditions in the road transport of passengers and goods.

    • Examine specific problems caused by the application of social regulations in international road transport, such as the AETR Agreement, in particular monitoring and enforcement measures (tachograph, etc.). Collect and provide information on national rules, requirements, enforcement practices, and legal interpretations that are applied to international transport operators.

    • Monitor and examine the work of national and international bodies such as the EU, UN, ILO, and ITF, prepare proposals on the policies to be adopted by the IRU and by its Member Associations in relation to these bodies and make representations to them as the need arises.

  • Develop, at global level, a pro-active and structured social dialogue, seeking common areas of understanding with trade union organisations. This should be initiated after a full discussion with and adoption of a common position by the IRU Member Associations.

  • In particular, at EU level:

    • monitor the evolution of the EU’s transport, social and employment policy and the intentions of the EU Commission in these areas and co-ordinate the political action of the IRU in relation to the EU Institutions;

    • ensure that road transport interests on EU driving and rest time rules are guaranteed, especially the maintenance of current levels of operational flexibility, or work on improvements to these when initiatives from the European Institutions arise to modify the current rules;

    • build increasingly productive relations with European Trade Unions via the European Social Sector Dialogue, after full discussion and adoption of a common position by the IRU Member Associations; and

    • in the area of EU road safety, actively participate in the policy initiatives and technical work of the EU Institutions while making the IRU a visible and responsible stakeholder.

  • Develop initiatives to positively influence the attractiveness of employment in commercial road transport and maximise skills through training, also by supporting the IRU Academy and its programme rollout.

  • Develop cooperation with organisations representing road transport enforcement bodies as well as with other partners, including cross-sector employer groupings active in social policy issues.