Poland - Pay of minimum wage to transit truckers still debated - June 30, 2016

Poland has strongly opposed to German and French moves to set a minimum wage for foreign truck drivers, saying this would infringe the principles of a European single market and freedom of services. Germany, where average wages are much higher than in Poland, introduced a minimum rate of 8.50 euro an hour for lorry drivers in 2015, dealing a blow to Polish transport companies, which have the second-largest truck fleet in Europe. France is planning to introduce a law, which would be applicable to lorries transiting through France. In May 2015, the European Commission launched a legal procedure against Berlin, citing an infringement of European rules. The commission has also sent a letter of formal notice to Paris, the first stage of legal proceedings. In the meantime, other countries have joined the protest of the Polish authorities.

English: http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/258584,No-minimum-wage …

Background article by Eurofound: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/observatories … 

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