Unite's road transport commercial, logistics and retail distribution sector covers driving and non driving staff in the biggest companies in the industry. Unite is THE union for transport workers and lead negotiations to improve terms and conditions for thousands of members. The sector organises across all areas of the industry from chilled distribution to car delivery. We have a proud history of representing drivers in all of the major logistics companies but Unite is also THE union for all warehouse and depot workers.

The sector is rife with TUPE transfers which put our members job security and terms and conditions at risk and it is vital that workers are in a union which not only understands the issues but is prepared to fight for our members when needed. Drivers regulations are constantly changing meaning that Unite members in the sector are some of the most highly regulated in the economy and our links with enforcement agencies as well as influencing government policy is key to our members security.

As well as being the largest transport union in the country Unite plays a very important part in European and international organisations representing workers in the industry. We have representatives on the European Transport Federation as well as the International Transport Federation both of which influence policy and regulations. This also gives us an opportunity to develop our organisation with other unions. Many of the companies in the sector are multi nationals and as such our strong links with international unions are key to organising for success.

Adrian Jones and Matt Draper, national officers