campaigns

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ITF
2021
|
Global

Sanitation Illustrations

Campaigns need strong imagery to raise awareness and mobilise people to act. We’ve developed a series of illustrations to use in your campaign materials for workers, employers and the public.

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International Road Transport Union
2020
|
Switzerland

#SupportOurDrivers

The IRU, the World Road Transport Organisation, has joined forces with the Global Shippers’ Alliance and the International Transport Workers’ Federation to improve working conditions for millions of drivers, including sanitation. To date, the IRU Charter has been co-signed by 401 organisations.

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BTB
2020
|
Belgium

2020 World Toilet Day action

The Belgian Union of Transport Workers (BTB) has been pleading for years for decent sanitary facilities for all transport workers, with specific attention for bus and truck drivers. In 2020, it launched an eye-catching stunt featuring workers and bus drivers on World Toilet Day to highlight the issue with the general public.

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3F
2020
|
Denmark

The Tree, The Shed and The Rathole

Danish union 3F has been making headlines as they fight against the abysmal treatment of bus drivers, who endure some of the worst sanitary conditions. In 2020, the union produced three powerful videos to showcase the issues drivers are facing at their rest stops.

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union
2018
|
Canada

Separate sanitary facilities for women dockers

After a long union campaign, with members raising the issue repeatedly through their joint health and safety committee, proper separate sanitary facilities for women dockers were installed at a dock site where women work on a regular basis.

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Unite
2016
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UK

Period Dignity

Employers agreed to provide sanitary products for women workers free of charge in response to a union’s Period Dignity campaign.

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Kommunal
1999
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SWEDEN

The Driver’s Seat of the Future

in 1999, a union organised a 13-day strike in the bus sector in response to health and safety concerns relating to delays, long shifts without breaks and lack of toilets. 15,000 bus drivers participated in the strike, which won a pay rise and regular scheduled toilet breaks. The strike was part of an 11-year campaign by the union between 1992 and 2003. The union reported that the inclusion of the toilet breaks has resulted in numerous advantages including prevention of repetitive strain injuries, better rest facilities, improved standard of toilets and facilities in more places, and less stress. The situation, especially for women drivers, has improved since being guaranteed a toilet visit within a reasonable timeframe.

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Starting your own campaign

If you're interested in launching your own campaign, here is a checklist to get you started.

  1. Use the Employer’s Checklist
    This outlines the requirements for decent sanitary facilities for transport workers and other campaign resources in this toolkit to find out if your employer is providing decent toilet and washing facilities for all workers.
  2. Carry out a survey of your members
    to find out if there is problem and if so why, where and who is affected. You can find an example of a survey on our Resources page. 
  3. Research your country’s law
    to find out what it says about employer’s duties to provide workplace toilet and washing facilities and identify any gaps or existing provisions in the law, especially relating to transport workers.
  4. Draw up a report of your findings
    then discuss these and agree a strategy with your members.
  5. Use your findings to bargain with your employer(s)
    to improve sanitary provision and toilet and rest breaks.
  6. Identify and work with allies
    to lobby your government to highlight the issue and plug gaps in the law.

Sanitation rights are HUMAN RIGHTS

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