© Faire Mobilität
On July 1st the two TransFair partners were in Poland to inform truck drivers on the route from Swiecko to Poznan about their rights. The drivers they met reported that their employers would only pay the Polish minimum wage of 2,800 Zlt (€620). The wage would not be adjusted even if they drove tours in Germany. This practice undermines their entitlement to the statutory minimum wage under German law, because drivers of employers established abroad are entitled to the statutory minimum wage while working in Germany. Since Thursday, a minimum wage of €9.60 per hour has been in effect in Germany. For a 5‑day week of 40 hours, a truck driver would have to earn at least €1,662 plus expenses. Many drivers expressed the hope that something would change with the introduction of the new posting rules from the Mobility Package.