Building on the principle of strength in numbers, transport unions from across Europe will join together this month to demand improved working conditions and fair competition. And Nautilus International's younger members will be there in force with plenty to say...
Nautilus is backing a major Europe-wide campaign against poor working conditions and social dumping in transport industries.
Organised by the European Transport Workers' Federation, the Fair Transport campaign has seen unions stage more than 100 different actions in at least 18 different countries to highlight the damaging effects of unfair competition and social dumping in the transport sector.
The campaign has been organised ahead of European Parliament elections – and it includes a Fair Transport manifesto calling for politicians to prevent European transport workers from being undercut on pay by those sent from other countries, and to tackle dangerously long working hours and the use of short-term contracts.
It also seeks to protect transport workers from the potential negative effects of automation and digitalisation, calling for new technology to be introduced in a 'socially sustainable manner', with retraining and requalification provided for workers affected.
Planned campaign actions include a European Tug event in London on 21 March and protests in the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg on 25 March.
Many transport workers across different industries face similar issues, so it is important for us to join each other and show that collectively we want better standards throughout the continent and worldwide
ETF president Frank Moreels added: 'We are determined to send a clear message to the world. We want to see a real improvement in working and living conditions for millions of transport workers.'
For more information on the campaign, see: www.fairtransporteurope.eu
Main image: Students from Fleetwood Nautical Campus (part of Blackpool and the Fylde College) with personnel at the Port of Fleetwood.