Workers from transport sector had initiated the movement for their rights with the beginning of the public transport. On June 23, 1979 transport workers organised a national gathering in Panipiya of Sunsari district and formed Independent Transport Workers’ Association of Nepal (ITWAN).
ITWAN is first and strongest union of this sector and is registered as third federation in Department of Labour as National Federation. Of the approximately 400,000 transport workers in the country majority is associated with ITWAN. In the 14 zones of the country the union has expanded in 13 zones except Karnali zone. At national level the union is affiliated to GEFONT and at international level it is affiliated with International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).