Transport Committee MEPs have taken heed of concerns from drivers and workers' unions across Europe and blocked attempts to weaken their rights to rest and fair pay.
In votes today on the EU Mobility Package, there was no majority in the Transport Committee of the European Parliament in favour of worsening working conditions, undermining rest periods and pay in the transport sector.
In the vote, on proposals for regulations on driving times, rest periods and the posting of lorry drivers, none of the proposed packages was adopted and there is now no mandate for negotiations with the Council and the European Commission on the Mobility Package.
Keith Taylor, MEP for the South East and transport spokesperson for the Greens/EFA group welcomed the latest development. The senior Green politician and member of the Transport Committee said:
"Modern slavery on Europe's roads is shameful. Fatigue after twelve hours of work without adequate rest amounts to the exploitation of truck drivers and risks accidents for all road users and is a violation of existing law. EU governments must fully implement the law and make fair working conditions and safety a reality on Europe's roads."
"It is a victory for trade unions and all those working towards fairer working conditions that the European Commission and a cross-party group of MEPs were unable to pursue their anti-social aims in the Transport Committee. The protests of civil society are preventing a two-tier system on our roads, the principle of equal rights and equal pay for equal work is not negotiable. We must deliver on the promise of a social Europe with equal rights and equal pay for equal work".
EU-wide trade union demonstrations against unfair working conditions and pay have been successful. Rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs are discussing the way forward today. EU governments must now implement existing EU legislation on working conditions.