EU Sources - Cross border campaign in transport leads to direct labour - March 31, 2016

Cooperation of trade unions in the European transport sector pays. Joint action of Dutch trade union FNV and Polish trade union Solidarność against the exploitation of drivers and social dumping in transport linked to the potato industry resulted in safe rates in two trucking companies. FNV is now focusing on a third. Potato transport in Western Europe is dominated by three Dutch companies with sub-contractors in Poland. While the Dutch collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ensured wages of €13 per hour, drivers employed by the sub-contractors received only around €3. After a strike, media publicity and court pressure, one of the Polish sub-contractors has now closed and its drivers are contracted under the CBA with the Dutch parent company, which gives them social security and pension benefits, along with an extra €1,000 in pay per month. The second Polish firm will close later this year and the drivers will be employed by the German parent company and hopefully come under a CBA with German trade union Ver.di.

English: http://www.itfglobal.org/en/news-events/news/2016/march/joint-union-organising …  

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