THE IMPACT OF INTERMODALITY ON WORKING CULTURES IN EUROPEAN FREIGHT TRANSPORT: SURVEY FINDINGS FROM THE WORKFRET PROJECT

The WORKFRET project (funded by DG7 from Jan 1997 to Dec 1998) investigated the social implications for the workforce of technological and organisational change in intermodal freight transport and formulating policy options/recommendations to the EU and key actors in the industry. This paper is based on 56 interviews carried out by the WORKFRET consortium in 1997 with employers, trade unions and academic experts in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece and Sweden. The respondents were asked to identify intermodal developments then to discuss their advantages and disadvantages and finally to comment on the social impacts, whether technologically driven in terms of new skill requirements or working conditions, or economically inspired attempts to restructure working practices, employment conditions and labour relations. The problems and conflicts identified have been used to guide longitudinal case studies that are currently being conducted in the ports of Rotterdam and Thessaloniki, road/rail terminals in Regensberg and Yorkshire. For the covering abstract, see IRRD E101143.

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 141-63

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  • Accession Number: 00766789
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-310-0
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 2 1999 12:00AM