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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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News | 21 Sep 2022

Irish rights inaction leaves migrant fisher in limbo after horror trawler accident

Egyptian-born Adel obtained work last year on an Irish-flagged fishing vessel. That's when his troubles began, reports the Irish Independent's Anne-Marie...

News | 20 Sep 2022

International solidarity for Liverpool’s striking dockers

Global transport unions will be joining 560 Liverpool striking dockers on the picket line at the Port of Liverpool, as port operator Mersey Docks and Harbour...

News | 31 Aug 2022 Press Release

Global union federation, leading labour-based human rights organisation join forces to end exploitation in UK fishing industry

JOINT PRESS RELEASE  A ground-breaking collaboration between unions and a labour-based human rights group has today announced plans to build and launch a pilot...

News | 17 May 2022 Press Release

Pre-election national fleet tantrum shows it’s time for industry to abandon Shipping Australia Limited

Shipping experts have welcomed a ‘unity ticket’ on Australian jobs and fuel security ahead of the country’s election Saturday. But the ITF and its affiliates...

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