Traditionally a “blue collar” sector, transport employs an increasing number of “white collar” staff working in managerial or professional roles. These staff are highly trained and trusted to carry out independent tasks, or given responsibility for the performance and even discipline of other workers.
Managerial and professional staff (MPS) face a wide range of specific workplace challenges, ranging from an excessive demand for availability to the risk of criminalisation when things go wrong. However, they are less-likely to be union members, which leaves them vulnerable and undermines union activities in the workplace.
It is vital that unions organise the growing number of MPS in transport, but that requires tailored knowledge and approaches. The ETF supports its affiliate unions in their efforts to engage with white collar workers through research projects and the sharing of best practice.