Sussex District of the T&GWU is establishing a new branch for lorry drivers, using the Web as a prime recruitment tool.
Many drivers now use laptop computers to keep in touch from the cab whilst away from home, both in the UK and abroad. The website also carries Russian-language material. Firms from Eastern Europe, paying very low wages, threaten to undercut UK-based firms in international haulage, and the branch is working to recruit drivers whose first language is not English.
At present the branch membership is mostly Sussex-based drivers who do both domestic and international haulage. But the website has potential to gain new members, develop new activities, and improve communications.
It includes a discussion forum where drivers can air views and opinions.