From the TUC

Back the European campaign for Fair Transport!

25 Aug 2016, By Guest

I work in the transport sector. I am supporting the Fair Transport Europe Campaign. And I want you to join in. Let me explain what the campaign is about.

Fair Transport Europe is a joint initiative for better working conditions, safer transportation systems for passengers, and fair pay across Europe’s transport sector. We want to end the unfair competition and social dumping that undermine services. It’s stopping the erosion of wages, working conditions and use of zero hours contracts. It’s stopping unscrupulous employers, who exploit transport workers and put profit before passenger and worker safety.

So what does social dumping mean?

Social dumping and exploitation are widespread practices in the EU: foreign workers are exploited as “cheap labour” in order to increase company profit margins. This is done at the expense of migrant workers, who every year are employed in the transport industry with no protection, very low wages, poor living and working conditions. They are transport workers like me and probably a lot of you, but more importantly they are human beings and deserve to be treated as such.

Tens of thousands of migrant workers are attracted to work abroad, with false promises of good working conditions and higher wages. In reality they end up in a foreign country, where they are treated very badly, forced to work long hours for pocket money, with no way out. This is common practice across Europe, deliberately promoted by European and national politicians as normal practice, and they often turn a blind eye to the appalling treatment of these workers.

These are the workers who keep Europe connected, but do so under increasingly deteriorating and inhumane working conditions.

They earn as little as €200 per month, with the rest being made up of expenses and illegal bonuses. They can spend up to seven weeks at a time living in their lorries, with no means of making a hot meal and no proper washing facilities, little contact with home and family. And they are continually put under pressure to break the rules and regulations. They can’t speak out for fear of losing their jobs and being abandoned in a foreign country with no money and no means of getting home.

We all need to speak out for them, and for ourselves!

Please read more and sign the Fair Transport petition and pass this message on to your friends, family and colleagues. Every signature counts.

We want proper jobs for transport workers with decent working conditions, and rates of pay. Together we need to collect a million signatures from EU citizens before 14 September. This will allow us to demand that the European Commission consider proposals to protect transport workers’ rights.

This is about the protection of jobs, driving up wages and conditions for transport workers, ending the use of zero hours contracts and bogus self employment, making employers take responsibility for their workers and stop social dumping in Europe. We are sending this message because you can make a difference. Help us to make a change.

In solidarity!

2 Responses to Back the European campaign for Fair Transport!

  1. Jari Närhi
    Aug 26th 2016, 9:07 pm

    Bullshit talk
    With higer wages every country will take back local pro drivers

    Most of these cheep, and usually illegal workers lives like bigs in all places, they are not normal drivers with skills and responsabilities

    Have U been there, never

  2. Jari Närhi
    Aug 26th 2016, 9:10 pm

    Bullshit talk
    With higer wages every country will take back local pro drivers

    Most of these cheep, and usually illegal workers lives like bigs in all places, they are not normal drivers with skills and responsabilities

    Have U been there, never

    Jari Närhi, Finland