GLI currently supports the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) Our Public Transport campaign, concentrating on work with ITF affiliated unions in Africa representing informal workers, and assessing the impact of “Bus Rapid Transit” in African cities.

In 2018, GLI was commissioned to undertake preliminary research and write a baseline study report to assess:

  • The likely impact and implications of BRT for workers in Nairobi
  • Good practice examples of engagement and inclusion of workers’ organisations in the development of BRT policy and implementation by local, national and international decision-makers
  • The nature of the worker groups consulted
  • Consulation or negotiation processes
  • Outcomes of the inclusion of workers’ representatives in the design and operation of BRT

The response to the preliminary report provided invaluable feedback and led to proposals for further research which were developed in the full Nairobi Bus Rapid Transit Labour Impact Assessment Research Report, published in January 2019.

This report assesses to a fuller extent, the potential impact of the introduction of BRT on Nairobi’s informal transport (‘matatu’) workforce, and seeks to encourage the active engagement of matatu workers’ representatives in shaping a transport system for the city.


As part of the ongoing work of the ITF’s Our Public Transport (OPT) programme, GLI was commissioned to write a negotiating guide for trade unions on Bus Rapid Transit. The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Formalisation of Informal Transport Trade Union Negotiating Guide is now available to view and download.

This negotiating guide attempts to develop policy options for transport unions to consider when planning negotiations with agencies on the introduction of BRT and formalisation of the informal transport industry. It is primarily designed for ITF affiliated transport unions in Africa and Asia where BRT is rapidly expanding, but is hopefully of value to all trade unions organising in urban transport.


As part of GLI’s continued work with the ITF’s Our Public Transport campaign, further research into the impact of BRT is being undertaken in Dakar, Senegal, and will be undertaken in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.