Italian trade unions discuss the future of dockwork with MEP Brando Benifei

At the legendary headquarters of the Genoa labour pool, we organised a meeting with MEP Brando Benifei about the future of port work.

All three Italian transport federations (FIT CGL, FILT CISL and UILTrasporti) were present at the meeting. All together, more than 100 dockworkers, politicians, researchers, academics, port authorities, terminal operators and other maritime stakeholders attended the event.

Discussion focused on the development of the port sector and the future of dockwork. Our priorities are clear:

  • More coherent transport infrastructure policies
  • More sustainable and fairer shipping policies, to address the growing size of vessels, shipping alliances, vertical integration and shipping subsidies
  • Collective bargaining to address the changing nature of port work
  • The reinforcement of labour pools to cope with the growing peaks and lows while guaranteeing social protection to workers.

Dockers have always shown that they can adapt to the evolutions in the sector and we are utterly determined to fight with them for Fair Transport.

“The priority must be the protection of work also through the re-launch of ambitious social and training policies that are complemented by national and European investment policies and infrastructures” MEP Brando Benifei stated. “We need a new EU directive on corporate social responsibility and a European fund that amortises costs related to both technological and environmental transition”.