The Spanish Union of International Road Transport (ASTIC) and the Association for the Danish road transport of goods (ITD), in a joint declaration, appeal to Brussels to exclude road transport from the Posting of Workers Directive because it does not take into account the mobile characteristics of the industry.
The driver’s job is to move constantly. Within one day a trucker can cross three or even four borders of the Member States. These rules should apply to employees sent periodically to another EU country” – reads the ASTIC statement.
12 European industry associations joined the Spaniards and Danes
The statement of the Danish and Spanish associations was signed by 12 industry associations from all over Europe: Poland, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Ireland.
Protectionism in transport
As ASTIC emphasizes, European law should prevent the use of protectionist practices while guaranteeing fair competition on the EU transport market. Associations from all over Europe indicate the French Loi Macron, or the German MiLoG (minimum wage regulations for posted workers), which constitute a serious bureaucratic obstacle for foreign carriers and cause legal uncertainty both from the point of view of entrepreneurs and employees.
This type of action effectively restricts the free movement of persons and goods across the Union. Undoubtedly, they can be called protectionist measures that are contrary to the spirit of the EU” – emphasizes Ramón Valdivia, CEO of ASTIC.
If this state of affairs continues, international transport companies will have to comply with 20 different national legislations and up to 50 minimum levels of remuneration, which will have a particularly negative impact on medium and small transport companies” – read the ASTIC statement.