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Supply Chains

Nothing moves without a transport worker. From food and medical supplies to clothing and computers, transport workers are essential to keeping global supply chains running.

However, all too often transport workers – and the value they add to the global economy – are invisible. Even as globalisation has increased international trade, labour standards have been eroded as businesses seek the cheapest possible way to compete to move goods. Meanwhile, e-commerce giants are using digital technology to reshape the way we shop, often at the expense of workers involved in distribution and delivery.

The ITF recognises that, for workers to wield real power in the 21st Century, we need to organise along supply chains. We do this in four ways:

  • Organising the warehousing sector, the key industrial hubs in global supply chains
  • Campaigning in logistics companies to ensure strong labour standards across different transport sectors
  • Targeting economic employers, who hold power to improve supply chain standards
  • Lobbying for regulation and enforcement mechanisms which enable governments, multilateral institutions and workers themselves to take more action to protect workers’ rights
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Supply Chains News

News | 07 Oct 2020 Press Release

Report: XPO exposed for unsafe Covid-19 response, global worker abuses

Workers at XPO Logistics report unsafe working conditions, wage theft, misclassification and dangerous pandemic response in analysis of company’s operations in...

News | 30 Jul 2020

South Korean logistics workers organise against Covid-19 infections

Despite South Korea’s generally strong response to Covid-19, poor health and safety conditions at Coupang have led to over 150 workers becoming infected. Among...

News | 27 May 2020 Press Release

XPO AGM: Unions demand action on health and safety to save lives

Tomorrow (28 May) logistics giant XPO will hold the 2020 AGM for its European division. This comes soon after news that at least six workers across France, Italy,...

News | 13 May 2020 Press Release

XPO: Worker deaths and safety risks characterise company's pandemic response

The confirmed deaths were of workers employed on XPO operations in France, Italy, Britain and the Netherlands. Although it remains unconfirmed whether the six...

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