Belgium -Picket lines at IKEA -August 21, 2014

Transport workers have organised actions at several IKEA stores in the Netherlands and Belgium, accusing social dumping. The Belgian transport trade union BTB and FNV Bondgenoten in the Netherlands claim that IKEA is bringing in cheap labour from eastern European countries to transport their products.

Transport workers have organised actions at several IKEA stores in the Netherlands and Belgium, distributing leaflets and asking customers to support a campaign against IKEA, which they accuse of social dumping. The Belgian transport trade union BTB and FNV Bondgenoten in the Netherlands claim that IKEA is bringing in cheap labour from eastern European countries to transport their products. The unions say that these workers have few rights, are paid far less than the going rate in Western Europe and are often forced to sleep in their trucks. The aim is to end the cat and mouse game between the unions and the transport companies doing the job ‘IKEA is responsible for its policy of organising social dumping’.

English: http://www.itfglobal.org/news-online/index.cfm/newsdetail/10822 

 

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