The poor work practices of global logistics giant XPO, which has a large presence in the UK, comes under the spotlight at a press conference in Paris today (Monday 16 April).
Unite national officer for road transport Matt Draper will be at the press conference at 16.00 (Paris time) as XPO workers and union activists from Belgium, France, Spain, the UK and USA unveil further evidence of worker abuses at the company.
The action is part of an ongoing global campaign against XPO Logistics, which is under fire for accusations of sexual harassment, dangerous working conditions, a death at a XPO site, gender pay discrimination, exploitative employment arrangements and anti-union activity.
In the UK, XPO’s gender pay gap report revealed female workers in its transport business earn on average 14 per cent less per hour than men.
Unite national officer for road transport Matt Draper said: “Unite is deeply concerned at the hypocrisy of XPO which engages with Unite in the UK through its collective bargaining arrangements.
“Unite will respond should the tactics and strategies employed in the US, where the company operates a union avoidance tactical approach, be replicated in the UK.
“We have just completed a long hard fought battle in the UK to achieve a reasonable pay award for our members.
“At the beginning of the discussions, XPO wanted to make changes to terms and conditions which were detrimental to our members, however this was strongly resisted by the solidarity and dedication of our members.
“This is why we are on high alert regarding XPO due to its terrible treatment of workers in the US.”
The deal that Unite, the country’s largest union, hammered out for its members was three per cent for 2017 and 2.75 per cent for this year, with an additional lump sum of 0.25 per cent to be paid in December 2018.
More cash may be gained through a yet-to-be agreed incentive scheme.
The sites benefiting from the pay package are: Aylesford (Kent), Brownhills (West Midlands), Bury St Edmunds, Crick (Northants), Darlington, Gloucester, Hounslow, Leigh (Greater Manchester), Luton, Motherwell, Rochester, Stoke on Trent, Taunton and Wakefield.
Unite has about 500 members at these sites out of a total of the 1,100 workers covered by the national bargaining agreement. Unite members overwhelmingly voted to accept the deal.
Notes to editors:
The press conference is being jointly hosted by FGTE-CFDT from France and the Teamsters from the USA.
Location: FGTE-CFDT, 47 Ave Simon Bolivare, 757950 Paris.
Time: 1600 CEST. *It will be broadcast live at Facebook.com/itfglobal
Speakers: American XPO workers, French and American union activists.
Its website claims that: XPO is a top ten global provider of transportation and logistics services. We run our business as one highly integrated network of people, technology and physical assets in 32 countries, with concentrations in Europe and North America.
For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.