Social dumping in road transport: ‘explosive’ dossier for EU
Even if the legislation text on social dumping in road transport will not be published before the end of May, it already creates an agitation before Wednesday evening’s debate. This text will shape the road transport sector for the 20 to 30 years to come.
“What filters is worrisome”, says Roberto Parrillo, chair of the European Transport Worker’s Federation section, “I’ve already met with the major political groups and I’ve intervened in the concerned commissions”.
Roberto Parrillo firstly points out to the possible exemption of the 1996 posted workers directive. It says that a foreign worker has to be paid at the country’s salary rate as soon as he works on the national territory. “For now, it is applied form the first minute he crosses the border, but the Commission want to provide a margin of 5, 7 or 9 days”, says Parrillo. It would therefore to trigger the posted workers directive in a second time. “For small countries like Belgium or Luxemburg, it is easy re-crossing the border to get a new margin and so on”, adds the Belgian euro deputy Hugues Bayet.
GPS tachographs mandatory in 2034
“GPS tachographs provide the opportunity to control the driver’s driving and resting time”, says Parrillo before adding that thanks to the European satellite Galileo, vehicle’s geo-localisation will be operational from 2019 but the Commission doesn’t make that technology mandatory before 2034. For unionist it is even more mind boggling that in 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker announced a battle against social dumping. “Today, we are still waiting for his promises to take shape”.