Worker Power in Supply Chains: The ITF 'Economic Employer' Strategy
Published 26 May 2021
Where is power in a supply chain? Deregulation, privatisation and subcontracting mean that power is increasingly at the top.
In freight transport, corporate customers at the top of supply chains (economic employers) set the price of the subcontracted transport of their goods. Deregulation and poor enforcement of labour protections mean that subcontractors compete on price. Lower transport prices mean lower health, safety, conditions and wages for workers.
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On the eve of COP28, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), respectively representing over 3.5 million road transport operators and 18
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Around the world road transport workers face severe work pressures due to low-cost tendering practices, unreasonable scheduling, and low rates of pay. These pressures originate in a business model
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This case study explores how trade unions can address these challenges, with an example of organising of owner-opera- tors in Korea. In particular, considering digital technologies help supply chain