Ver.di acts against social dumping

Related to: Logistics, Road Transport, Germany, working conditions
6 Oct 2014

On 6-7 October, Ver.di organised a workshop in Hannover attended by 120 council members from more than 40 logistics companies, including small and medium transport agencies. Under the motto ‘Gute Arbeit in der Logistik – Meine Zukunft in der Logistik’ (‘Good work in logistics – My future in logistics’) they discussed what changes are necessary to improve conditions for workers in logistics and make the profession attractive.

In the afternoon the participants gathered in the pedestrian zone of central Hannover to talk to the public about the working and living conditions of truck drivers and parcel delivery workers by distributing the flyers. A special Ver.di truck was displayed. The participants symbolically destroyed a 2.40 x 7.00-meter-long wall, protesting against the growing dubious business practices at the expense of employees, ignoring social rules and social benefits and forcing drivers to work with low pay in a fight for survival. The meeting and the action was supported by well-known investigative journalist Günter Wallraff, who has already revealed several examples of wage and social dumping. (Email report by Malene Volkers) See pictures here

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