New report "highlights serious flaws in National Express Group’s human rights policy", say unions

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20 March 2012

National Express response

Author: National Express

The Logan Report is based on the erroneous premise that "NEG's WRP fails to incorporate a single universal labor rights standard.” That is factually incorrect and a complete mischaracterisation of the policy. NEG's Workplace Rights Policy is taken almost directly from Human Rights Documents, in many cases verbatim. In drafting the Workplace Rights Policy, NEG referred to various international documents, including the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, ILO Conventions 87 and 98, the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the IPU Declaration of Criteria for Free and Fair Elections…Fundamentally, every key principle stated in NEG’s WPR is adopted from International conventions. Logan's contention that the NEG policy fails to incorporate such conventions is therefore erroneous and incorrect.

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Article
27 February 2012

National Express Group’s human rights’ policy flawed says report

Author: Unite & Teamsters

A new report…highlights serious flaws in the National Express Group’s human rights policy. The report, ‘National Express Group’s Diminution of Labor Rights in the U.S,’ starkly concludes that the company’s policy enables it to continue anti-union behaviour rather than appropriately protecting the human rights of its workers…The new policy was seemingly prompted by an upsurge in interest among US based workers to join a union and was implemented in a bid to pre-empt criticism of the group’s questionable labour relations record in the US…Teamster International Vice President, Rick Middleton, said: “This report underlines…that National Express Group’s subsidiary takes advantage of weak labour laws in the United States to enable it to be in a position to exploit and silence its US employees. “National Express Group’s workplace rights policy is a sham that needs to be corrected immediately...”

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Article
27 February 2012

[PDF] National Express Group’s Diminution of Labor Rights in the U.S.

Author: John Logan, San Francisco State University & University of California-Berkeley

NEG’s [National Express Group] labor policies in the U.S. fall well below the level expected under internationally recognized labor standards. The Workplace Rights Policy does not appropriately incorporate a single major international standard, and every one of its provisions has the effect of either strengthening management’s right to oppose unions or making it more difficult for employees to exercise their fundamental labor rights…The [positive] example of First Student demonstrates…that the company, its employees, customers and shareholders would all benefit from improved labor practices. Changing its policies would not only bring the company in line with core labor standards, it would also limit any further reputational damage.

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