According to a new report from the Professional Traffic Association, almost one in three truck drivers who cross the border into Norway are from Ukraine or Belarus.
“Poland and Lithuania are the biggest players in cross-border truck transport in Europe,” union leader Jim Klungnes in the Professional Traffic Association stated. He is concerned about the drivers’ pay and working conditions.
The number of drivers from these countries has doubled in the last two years, the report from the association shows.
This is the fourth time the association has conducted the survey among foreign drivers at Svinesund.
The reason for the survey, according to the association, is that Polish and Lithuanian transport companies have replaced drivers from their home countries with Ukrainian and Belarusian drivers.
“The drivers for these companies very rarely receive the minimum wage when they have driving assignments in Norway. Only 10% in Polish vehicles and 6% in Lithuanian vehicles get the minimum wage,” Klungnes said.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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