Title:Social Conditions in Urban Public Transport Companies in Europe – the case of the Czech Republic
Project leader:Ing. Soňa Veverková
Funding provider:European Transport Worker’s Federation
Co-worker:Ing. Petr Pojer
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Project start:2015
Project end:2016
Recipient:VÚPSV, v.v.i.

The project forms a part of the EVA pan-European project implemented by the German Europäische Akademie für umweltorientierten for the Urban Public Transport working group in the context of the Social Dialogue Committee for the road transport sector. The project focuses on the organisation of urban public transport in individual EU member states and on the working conditions of employees, especially drivers. One particularly important issue concerns whether the working conditions of drivers differ in companies which operate public transport on the basis of direct contracts and those operating on that of having secured a contract via a public tender. In connection with the project, the VUPSV (the Czech Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs - RILSA) conducted an analysis of public transport in the Czech Republic. The work consisted of three case studies – the Prague Urban Public Transport Company, the Pilsen Urban Public Transport Company and the ARRIVA Group. The operation of urban public transport in the Czech Republic is usually conducted on the basis of direct contracts; indeed, many transport companies are wholly or partly owned by the municipality which orders public transport services. This feature of the industry, however, does not have the greatest influence on the working conditions of drivers. The industry has, for several years, faced a shortage of drivers and a generation change is under way in the sector. Due to the limited availability of manpower in the industry, there is considerable room for improving drivers’ working conditions regardless of the way in which urban public transport companies are organised.

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