The task force, which held its inaugural meeting on 27 July, will work to determine XPO Logistics campaign priorities and overall strategy with a focus on bringing justice to – and improving the lives of workers at – XPO facilities around the globe. Thousands of XPO employees are currently represented by unions in Europe and by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Teamsters) in the USA.
Teamsters’ general president James P Hoffa said: “This is a very exciting development in the worldwide campaign for justice for workers at XPO here in North America, in Europe and around the globe.
“During our organising campaigns involving freight and warehouse workers, and in the campaign to stop XPO from misclassifying port workers, we have seen how XPO’s vicious anti-worker, anti-union tactics harm workers. This global task force will take XPO head on so that workers will be treated fairly, lawfully and with dignity.”
ITF general secretary Steve Cotton added that XPO was making huge profits on the backs of its workers and that ITF unions around the world would stand together and combine their resources to fight the company’s mistreatment and exploitation of its employees.
The new leadership group currently consists of nine members, including Frank Moreels, newly-elected president of the ITF’s European arm, the ETF, and president of the BTB Union in Belgium.