A wave of industrial disputes has destabilized the sector of logistic services in recent years. It presents some unusual characteristics: the prominence of unofficial trade unions and the massive participation of immigrant workers. This article analyzes the reasons that may have caused such a situation, directing its gaze to territories and enterprises where work conditions are influenced by fake cooperatives and illegal manpower-recruiting companies. In this context, the national labour contract signed by the official trade unions and the employers’ associations could play an important role in regulating disputes and in limiting illegal practices. Despite these positive developments, the situation is still uncertain, due to the fragmentation of the employers’ associations and to the hard-line policy taken on by the new government.
Keywords: Logistic services; Trade unions; Unofficial trade unions; Migrant workers.