MINIMUM WAVE FOR TRUCKERS * Europe: East tucking cos. denounce protectionism
* Belgium - 58 European parliamentarians to make this double claim
the Road Alliance, an initiative that brings together nine European countries determined to harmonize regulations and improve control practices in road transport, the Eastern countries have reacted... The counter-offensive was not long in coming. At the initiative of Slovak, Bulgarian and Latvian parliamentarians, members of the European Conservative and Reformist Group (ECR), an open letter was sent in mid-February to the Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc... "The fight against so-called social dumping is nothing more than an act of protectionism that hinders the single market and reduces competition," said Latvian MEP Roberts Zile, vice president of the ECR group and member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. The letter also attacks the application of the SMIC (minimum wave) to foreign road hauliers, established in France and Germany... On the other hand, another claim seems more audible: parliamentarians ask the Commission to put an end to the legal uncertainty about the legality of the application of the minimum wage... "The Commission has not yet taken a decision two years after initiating infringement proceedings against Germany... In the absence of a decision, a similar approach to more protectionism has now been adopted by Austria," the parliamentarians regret...
(Photo: Truck drivers, who transport in Western Europe produce of Swedish furniture retail giant Ikea live for several months at a time and are paid less than a third of what their local peers earn) -- Brussels, Belgium - Actu Transport-Logistique (France), by ANNE KERRIOU - 27 Feb 2017