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Towards Better Social Standards in Road Transport Logistics

Friday, April 5, 2019

Companies are invited to participate to the CSR Europe’s Collaborative Leadership Platform, gathering around 20 leading logistic companies, and expected to kick off in May to tackle social issues in the logistics supply chain.

With almost 5 million people employed in road transport in the EU, it is paramount to ensure better and safer working conditions across countries. For this reason, CSR Europe and its members joined forces with leading logistics companies to launch a Collaborative Leadership Platform to improve social standards in road transport logistics. How? Increasing transparency in the supply chain and connecting with stakeholders interested in driving improvement “on the road”. During the first year, the focus will be on carrying out root cause analysis, cross sector learning networks and devise collaborative practical action to build capacity in the value chain. As a result, the Collaborative Leadership Platform expects to substantially increase stakeholder engagement, and the involvement of policy makers.

Drive Sustainability members, leading automotive companies, recognised the need for concerted action in the logistics supply chain to improve the labour conditions of road transport workers. At the moment, European regulations on wages, social security and human rights are not being respected. says Raymond Lausberg, Chief Inspector Highway Police in Liege, Belgium. One of the main issues at stake is the living conditions of truck drivers. “They can be on the road for 2-3 months, never going back home to their families, while spending weekends in their truck cabins”, continued Lausberg.

Why are European Regulations NOT Respected?

The European Parliament and the European Institutions are working towards a fair and socially responsible logistics sector by presenting insights on the ongoing negotiations of the Mobility package 1. However, currently, there is no political agreement at European level on the new proposed changes to labour law for road transport workers in Mobility Package 1.

Another reason for the lack of compliance, can be found in the social and economic dislocation of drivers. As highlighted in the research carried out by the ‘Transport Union for Compliance with Haulage Collective Agreements (VNB) Foundation of the FNV (Federation of Dutch Trade Unions), drivers perform work in one country, with low wages and social contributions from another country (where they have never set foot). Although European and National legislations cover correct wages, social security contributions, and fundamental human rights, European regulations are not being respected as there is a lack of control and EU member states  pay too little attention to enforcement. As a result, cases of false documents regarding minimum pay, meal allowances are also being reported.

The Collaborative Leadership Platform, organised by CSR Europe, is gathering around 20 leading logistic companies, and is expected to kick off in May.

Contact:

If you would like more information or a presentation to explain the content and aims of the platform please contact Paula Byrne: pb@csreurope.org