The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and IRU renewed their commitment as EU road transport social partners on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the EU Social Dialogue Committee for Road Transport, celebrated yesterday in the European Parliament.
The event was hosted by MEP Ismail Ertug, and featured as speakers key figures in EU transport and employment including the Commissioner for Employment, Mr Nicolas Schmit, Chair of the EP TRAN Committee, Ms Karima Delli, and Director General of DG Move, Mr Henrik Hololei.
ETF and IRU reminded the EU officials that driver shortage is alarmingly increasing in the EU, with 20% of unfilled drivers’ positions in passenger and goods transport in 2019. Working conditions are an undeniable contributor to the lack of attractiveness of the drivers’ profession. ETF and IRU further proposed two areas of concrete EU action to address working conditions and implicitly driver shortage, namely the development of more safe and secure parking areas for truck drivers and efficient enforcement of social rules in mobility and logistics.