The article presents an overview of the working conditions and conflicts across the entire logistics chain. To achieve this aim, the structure of the supply chain developed by Meersman et al. (2009) is illustrated and integrated. The premise of this approach relies on the peculiar perspective of the analysis along the logistics chain, in order to grasp both the variety of the labour regimes and the overall framework. The final objective of this article is to connect such perspective to the general trends that are crossing the transport chain, taking into account the general management of the logistics chain, the global factors and the power relationships. The hypotheses of a tendency towards rising contingent labour along the logistics chain and of a transition of the institutional structures dictated by external pressures will be discussed.
Keywords: Maritime-logistics chain, intermodality, dock labour, global supply chain