Global Transport Chiefs urge UN to end humanitarian crisis for supply chain workers





Global road, air and sea organizations and unions called on the world’s heads of government gathering at UN General Assembly to end a ‘global humanitarian and supply chain crisis.’


在纽约联合国大会一般性辩论当天,国际道路运输联盟(IRU)、国际航空运输协会(IATA)、国际航运公会(ICS)及国际运输工人联盟(ITF) 发布公开信,紧急呼吁各国政府首脑恢复运输工人的流动自由。

In an open letter published on the day of UNGA’s General Debate in New York, IRU, the International Road Transport Union, IATA, the International Air Transport Association, ICS, the International Chamber of Shipping, and ITF, the International Transport Workers’ Federation, made an urgent plea to the world’s heads of government to restore freedom of movement to transport workers.



Transport workers have all continued to keep global trade flowing throughout the pandemic, but it has taken a human toll. At the peak of the crew change crisis 400,000 seafarers were unable to leave their ships, some working for as long as 18 months over their initial contracts. Flights have been restricted and aviation workers have faced the of border, travel, restrictions, and vaccine requirements. Additional, systemic and unpredictable controls at road borders has meant truck drivers have been forced to wait, sometimes in their thousands and for weeks in unsanitary situations without proper facilities, before being able to complete their journeys and return home.



Global supply chains are beginning to buckle as two years’ worth of strain on transport workers take their toll. Transport heads warned that states have failed to listen or take the decisive and coordinated action, and called on heads of government to end the blameshifting within and between governments and resolve this crisis before the looming holiday season again increases freight demand, further pressuring supply chains.



The bodies represent more than $20 trillion of world trade annually and 65 million global transport workers and more than 3.5 million road freight and airline companies and more than 80% of the world merchant shipping fleet.



  • 优先考虑运输工人接种世界卫生组织认可的新冠疫苗。
  • 建立标准化的健康证明流程。
  • 世界卫生组织和国际劳工组织向联合国大会及各国政府提出这些议题。

The letter calls for:

  • Transport workers to be given priority to receive WHO recognised vaccines.
  • The creation of a standardized process for demonstrating health credentials.
  • The WHO and ILO to raise these issues at the UN General Assembly and with national governments.



All transport sectors are also seeing a shortage of workers, and expect more to leave as a result of the poor treatment millions have faced during the pandemic, putting the supply chain under greater threat.



Throughout the pandemic transport ministries have not been able to work with health ministries to improve the way transport workers are being treated by travel restrictions. Unless heads of government enact change, the humanitarian and supply chain crisis will remain indefinitely, causing more hardship.



全球运输业界领导人敦促联合国终结供应链工人面临的人道危机/Global Transport Chiefs urge UN to end humanitarian crisis for supply chain workers