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IRU steers WHO and ILO on COVID action for road transport workers

22 Dec 2021

“Uncoordinated border restrictions due to Omicron are causing chaos for professional drivers, and supply chains, at borders. A few countries are exempting road transport workers, but most don’t seem to have learnt any lessons from the past two years.” 

UMBERTO DE PRETTO - IRU Secretary General

After meeting with the heads of the WHO and ILO, IRU and partners have convinced the UN bodies to work with the transport industry on uncoordinated COVID restrictions.

This follows a joint advocacy campaign, and IRU members adopting a crisis call last month on global supply chain disruptions.

The word is starting to get through: a few countries are now explicitly exempting road transport workers from the myriad of new Omicron rules. But most are not: our work continues.

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