Local unions and government in Jakarta stand united to prioritise public transport and workers’ rights
This summer The Future is Public Transportcampaign facilitated a discussion between Jakarta’s provincial government and local trade unions on public transport. This included TransJakarta, Railway Workers Union (SPKA), Jakarta Transportation Workers Union (SPTJ), the Aerospace and Transportation Workers Union (SPDT) and of course the International Transportation Workers Federation (ITF).
The meeting established a commitment between the government and unions to work together in the transition towards just, inclusive and equitable pandemic recovery.
Governor Anies of Jakarta outlined the city’s goal to electrify 100% of public transport by 2030, which simultaneously must prioritise driver safety, gender equality and public health.
Most importantly, the discussion highlighted the importance of working with labour unions to ensure the electrification transition is just, as unions have called for affordable fees and diversification of the workforce to ensure women are included in all opportunities.
The city of Jakarta has already evidenced a commitment to its workers by providing compulsory training for electric vehicles, and training over 1,000 Jaklingo drivers to achieve their Public Transport Driver Certification.
In addition, a welfare scheme for Jakinglo workers and their families will be implemented.
The discussion concluded by recognising the importance of developing public transport routes that are close to residential areas, safe and cheap.