Unions are demanding action from XPO on health and safety as the company convenes for its European annual general meeting.

Tomorrow (28 May) logistics giant XPO will hold the 2020 AGM for its European division. This comes soon after news that at least six workers across France, Italy, Britain and the Netherlands have died after contracting Covid-19.

Earlier this month, XPO workers gave evidence of poor health and safety standards to investors ahead of the company’s parallel US AGM. However, the European AGM is being held behind closed doors and shareholders are not permitted to attend online or in person.

Despite these obstacles, unions have submitted three key questions to XPO management ahead of tomorrow’s AGM:

1. Does XPO have data on the number of its workers who are likely or confirmed to have contracted Covid-19, including the number who have died?
2. Will XPO agree to urgently establish a Global Occupational Health and Safety Forum with unions to collaborate in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic?
3. Will XPO comply with its obligation under French law to consult unions on its Vigilance Plan, in order to prevent labour abuses in its supply chain?