FGTB wants to make carriers aware of social dumping – Companies

The Belgian trade union wants to “create awareness” among workers about the actions of the companies they work for. And in particular those working in the transport sector, particularly affected by social dumping.

March 28th General Federation of Labor in Belgium (FGTB) arranges its day of action annually against social dumping. This year, the Belgian Transport Union (UBT) and FGTB-Métal will also perform joint actions.

Before that 2022 editionwants the union to emphasize “worker consciousness“if company often uses outsourcing and “who are not aware that many of these subcontractors organize social dumping“.

According to definition in the Le Robert dictionary, social dumping is translated as a “practices aimed at lowering production costs by lowering labor costs“What the union calls”.real cancer in many areas. Both in the metal sector and in the transport sector, companies employ cheap workers by setting up all kinds of events such as mailboxes or subcontractors.“.

The union apologizes despite the efforts inspection services, checks and convictions, offenses “remain common“. Tom PetersAssistant to the Federal Secretary of UBT, tells us more about this mobilization day.

What type (s) of action do you want to organize during this day?

We will be handing out several hundred leaflets at the business park De Hulst in Willebroek from kl. 8.00 to kl. 10.00. Many drivers come by here on their way to work. Our aim is to make them aware of the chain of subcontractors to companies organizing social dumping and the consequent fraud.

What particular problems are there in the transport sector?

Truck drivers are poorly paid and working conditions are very difficult. Big companies like Nike, Amazon or Zalando are asking for cheap shipping. And the only way to meet this claim is to fall into illegality and fraud. For example, an inspection of the transport sector in Belgium was announced last week. 33% of companies were in fraud, or one in three. And it is not only the international market that is being affected, but also increasingly at the local level. If there is a shortage of drivers in Europe today, it is precisely because this work is poorly paid and prices are being pushed ever lower. Multinational companies must respect the tariffs and offer decent wages.

What do you expect from political powers today?

We have for years condemned the lack of inspections to effectively tackle social dumping and, by extension, tax and social fraud. Until social dumping, fraud and exploitation of workers are eradicated, public authorities will have to hire inspectors on a permanent basis. We have a Belgian compromise government that does not want to touch the liberal market. Other sectors are also very affected, such as construction. It is a long and difficult battle.

Interview by Aurore Dessigne

On 28 March, the General Federation of Labor of Belgium (FGTB) organizes its annual action day against social dumping. This year, the Belgian Transport Union (UBT) and FGTB-Métal will also implement joint actions. For this 2022 edition, the union wants to focus on “raising awareness about workers”, whose business often resorts to subcontractors, and “which is not aware that many of these subcontractors organize social dumping”. According to the definition of the Le Robert dictionary, social dumping is translated as “a practice aimed at lowering the cost of production by lowering the cost of labor”. What the union describes as “a real cancer in many sectors. In both the metal sector and the transport sector, companies are using workers for cheap money by establishing all sorts of schemes such as mailboxes or still outsourcing”. The union regrets that violations despite the efforts of inspection services, controls and convictions “remain common”. Tom Peeters, Assistant to UBT’s Federal Secretary, tells us more about this mobilization day. go through here to go to work. Our aim is to make them aware of the chain of subcontractors to companies organizing social dumping and the consequent fraud. “” Truck drivers are poorly paid and working conditions are very painful. Big companies like Nike, Amazon or Zalando are asking for cheap shipping. And the only way to meet that demand is to fall into illegality and fraud. Eg. last week, an inspection was announced in Belgium of the transport sector 33% of companies were in fraud, ie one in three. And it is not only the international market that is affected, but also more and more at the local level. is today Today there is a shortage of drivers in Europe, precisely because this work is poorly paid and prices are being pushed ever lower. Multinational companies must respect the tariffs and offer decent wages. “” We have for years condemned the lack of inspections to effectively tackle social dumping and, by extension, tax and social fraud. Until social dumping, fraud and exploitation of workers are eradicated, public authorities will have to hire inspectors on a permanent basis. We have a Belgian compromise government that does not want to touch the liberal market. Other sectors are also very affected, such as construction. It’s a long and difficult battle. “Interview by Aurore Dessigne

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