Nautilus Young Maritime Professionals (YMP) have presented a successful motion on fair transport for Europe at the Trades Union Congress Young Workers Conference in London.
The motion was part of a major Europe-wide campaign by the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) against poor working conditions and social dumping in the transport industries.
Social dumping is a practice of employers to use cheaper labour than is usually available at their site of production or sale by using migrant workers or moving production to a low-wage country or area.
The campaign has been organised ahead of European Parliament elections in May 2019 – and it includes a Fair Transport manifesto calling for politicians to prevent European transport workers from being undercut on pay by workers from other countries, to tackle dangerously long working hours and the use of short-term contracts. Protests are planned in the ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Hamburg.
The ETF Fair Transport campaign will see unions stage more than 100 different actions in at least 18 different countries this week to highlight the damaging effects of unfair competition and social dumping in the transport sector.
Nautilus YMP members headed to Brussels on Wednesday 27 March to support the ETF action.
As part of the action week Nautilus Swiss branch staff also held an awareness day on Monday 25 March for national media - who heard about the state of negotiations for better working conditions with Swiss river cruise employers. Nautilus is keen to work with companies to organise binding agreements on working conditions from 2020.
all the pictures from the YMP trip for the campaign can be viewed on the Nautilus Flickr album: YMP Fair Transport Campaign
- members can download the minutes of the March 2019 YMP Forum by logging into My Nautilus and navigating to Member resources.