Workers in the Graphical & Packaging sector are out of the media spotlight, which these days focuses on health professionals and workers whose efforts guarantee the supply of essential goods to the population. However, the Graphical sector plays a fundamental role in sustaining supply chains through the production of packaging and labelling as well as producing fundamental goods such as paper for domestic use or masks that have become goods in very high demand and essential to prevent the spread of the disease. It is essential to protect the health of these workers so that they can continue to perform this essential work safely.
Meanwhile, sectors such as printing, which is essential for the dissemination of culture and to ensure reliability of news, so important these days, have been strongly affected by the health crisis and their workers are demanding measures to protect the industrial fabric, livelihoods and wages.
UNI Europa Graphical is working hard to coordinate the efforts of trade unions to protect the health, livelihoods and wages of workers in our sectors across Europe. The exchange of information, the dissemination of good practices and the strengthening of collective bargaining are key elements in curbing the spread of the disease and preventing it from leading to a social and employment crisis.
In this aim, UNI Europa Graphical has prepared this first package of recommendations and demands based on the efforts that national trade union organisations are making to defend workers in our sectors.
See the full recommendations here: