POST Online Media Lite Edition


Georgian and Uzbek drivers win back over €300,000 sounding alarm for European trucking industry

Christian Fernsby |
After weeks of striking, around 60 truck drivers at the Gräfenhausen rest area in Germany have won their battle against Polish consortium Lukmaz, Agmaz and Imperia.

Article continues below

The drivers, who are mostly from Uzbekistan and Georgia, have collectively won back over €300,000 in wages owed to them following their five-week wildcat strike.

Today, the drivers achieved a major victory, signing an agreement with the Polish company that commits the company to paying drivers all their outstanding wages and to drop all current and future charges against the drivers. The drivers have also committed to hand over the keys of all vehicles 12 hours after receiving their payments.

“The Gräfenhausen strike exposed the rampant subcontracting and illegal practices and violations of basic human and labour rights that plague the European road transport industry – particularly for migrant truck drivers,” said Livia Spera, General Secretary of the European Transport Workers’ Federation.

“This must be a wakeup call for European institutions and Member States to immediately introduce measures and actions that guarantee drivers’ decent rates of pay and protections that preserve their safety.”

Edwin Atema, from Dutch trade union FNV, who is on the ground at Gräfenhausen said: "These drivers showed Europe and the world what is going on in this industry. These drivers were treated like animals, or easy prey, by this company – but they’ve fought back like a pack of lions and won this dispute. Drivers like this are changing the industry."

This win also comes after unions supporting them called on multinational companies contracting Lukmaz-Agmaz and Imperia for road transport services, and European institutions, to take accountability for blatant violations of workers’ rights in their supply chains and on European roads.

According to the German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains, which came into effect in 1 January 2023, multinational corporations must take responsibility for mitigating and preventing violations of human and labour rights and ensuring compliance with rules and regulations in their road transport supply chains.

“The striking Gräfenhausen drivers have made clear to multinationals at the top of supply chains that they can no longer ignore the problems in European road transport,” said Stephen Cotton, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

“Companies have a choice – they can either cooperate with unions and their affiliates associations to monitor their supply chains and remedy abuses, or they will experience more disruptions like this one, which will undoubtedly grow in intensity.”

The drivers' militant action did not go unnoticed, receiving widespread press coverage as well as support from trade unions, civil society organisations, Members of the European Parliament and national politicians.

“I send our collective thanks to all the unions and organisations in Germany, across Europe and throughout the world that stood in solidarity and supported these courageous drivers including the ETF and ITF affiliates who visited the striking workers and participated in other solidarity actions,” said Frank Moreels, President of the ETF.

“We congratulate the drivers who achieved this victory in the face of threats and intimidation. Their success is a testament to the power of collective action, solidarity and perseverance in the face of exploitation. This win sounds an alarm across the industry to act and eliminate the industry’s dark underbelly or we’ll see more drivers taking similar action to protect their rights,” said Paddy Crumlin, President of the ITF.

What to read next

Uzbekistan stresses determination to accelerate WTO accession negotiations
CTA: Governments and supply chain must continue to work together to keep Canada moving
South Korean truck drivers begin unlimited national strike action

Tracking areas of severe thunderstorms, excessive rainfall, and excessive heat in U.S.

The relentlessly active spring weather pattern is set to continue through the holiday weekend as two separate systems are anticipated to be responsible for numerous showers and thunderstorms across the middle of the nation.


U.S. drillers cut oil and gas rigs to 600
North Carolina Governor to lead economic development trip in Europe
Google expanding connectivity in Africa with Umoja
Bentley opens workshop in Bulgaria


Italy: EPPO seizes assets in investigation into €650 000 fraud involving agricultural funds

Italy draws up emergency plans for Campi Flegrei super volcano
New fire at Novo Nordisk, this time at headquarters
Iran releases first investigation report on President Raisi's helicopter crash
Another round of heavy rainfall and severe storms impacting southern U.S.
French growers protest Moroccan imports


U.S oil and gas rigs count increased by 1 to 604

NYCEDC supporting major battery energy storage project in New York City
U.S. drillers cut oil and gas rigs to 603
Number of U.S. oil and natural gas rigs down
U.S. added 2 oil rigs
U.S. oil rig count up by 5 to 511

Trending Now

U.S. drillers cut oil and gas rigs to 600

Belgium second EU country to authorise bluetongue vaccine

Potentially habitable 'exo-Venus' with Earth-like temperature discovered

Iran releases first investigation report on President Raisi's helicopter crash


Poland signs $960m deal for U.S. radar balloons

Governor Moore announces renewal and expansion of economic MoU with South Australia
Governor Parson to embark on trade mission to Italy to promote Missouri as ideal business location
Governor Abbott hosts Kosovo President Osmani
Australian government to set up inquiry to examine impact of social media
Hungary and China sign 19 cooperation agreements during Xi's visit

Today We Recommend

Poland signs $960m deal for U.S. radar balloons


Georgia: First Quality in Macon to create 600 new jobs

Afreximbank delivers strong Q1 results

Ralph Lauren Q4 earnings per diluted share $1.38


Georgia: First Quality in Macon to create 600 new jobs

Hollywood makeup brand Ben Nye files for bankruptcy as it faces talc cancer lawsuits
SEG Solar and Grand Batang City sign land utilization deal for Southeast Asia's largest PV industrial park
Bulgaria demands €400 million from Gazprom for suspended gas supplies
BlueHalo to expand operations, adding 200 new jobs in Maryland
Maersk speeds up supply chains in Europe with new Cross Dock facility


BioMar announces changes in management in Ecuador

CLG appoints managing director for Equatorial Guinea
Mark Gazit appointed executive chairman of N.E.W.S.
IFCO appoints Sebastian Grams as chief digital officer
Marlabs appoints Arun Mukunda as CRO
AfdB names Ambassador Jalel Trabelsi as Special Envoy for Middle East and North Africa and Gulf region


Eurozone reports modest Q1 GDP growth, stable annual inflation

Italy sees faster economic growth in Q1
Slovenia's economy expected to grow 0.9 pct in Q1
Italy faces deficit infringement procedure
Real GDP increased in all 50 U.S. states
Inflation continues to decline in Germany


Macy's Q1 diluted earnings per share $0.22

Afreximbank delivers strong Q1 results
Ralph Lauren Q4 earnings per diluted share $1.38
Dubai World Trade Centre economic output surges to $4.98 billion in 2023
Dole Q1 revenue $2.1 billion
Hapag-Lloyd Q1 EBITDA $942 million


Micromanaging is the worst enemy of efficiency and teamwork

Niger set to monetize massive gas reserves through Saharan natural gas pipeline
Putting the brakes on EV folly that choked the market
Oil discovery in Kavango Basin may mean huge benefits for Namibians
Cape Town and Dubai battle over Africa's energy future
Is America going to lose its superpower status?


Belgium second EU country to authorise bluetongue vaccine

UK government unveils major package of farming and food sector support
Governor Desantis signs legislation to keep lab-grown meat out of Florida
Tanzania, Kenya resolve poultry export dispute
FAO Food Price Index rises in March
Australia grants license for GM bananas amid Fusarium Wilt TR4 concerns


Study finds workers misjudge wage markets

Some organizations may need to expand their hierarchical structures earlier than others
Study finds there's right way and wrong way to deliver negative feedback in workplace
Allyship is critical and its needs appreciation
Generating 'buzz' about new products can influence their success
Hiring 'problem directors' can knock up to 64% off firm's value


EU Commission fines Mondelēz €337.5 million for cross-border trade restrictions

HSBC pays penalties for alleged breaches of Consumer Data Right rules
Sanofi to settle thousands of Zantac cancer lawsuits
Former asset manager and board member of Geneva private bank referred to Swiss Federal Criminal Court
South Africa: SAP ordered to pay SIU $26m over 'invalid' Eskom contracts
Former Steinhoff director appears in court for $1.1b fraud, racketeering



Morocco’s first Radisson branded hotel opens in Casablanca

Buna channels, an unreal and beautiful part of Bosnia and Herzegovina
JW Marriott unveils Mindful Haven with opening of JW Marriott Hotel Nairobi
Sotheby's Sports Week returns with fantastic artifacts
Red Roof properties open in Michigan
Treyam, your premier lagoon destination in Saudi Arabia


2025 Chevrolet Equinox stands apart with fresh looks and capability

Hill Helicopters HX50, luxury in the sky
Opel Movano becomes fully equipped camper van
Porsche Panamera, new hybrid variants
Dodge Charger, 670 horsepower of electric
Pagani Huayra R Evo, 900 hp from 770 Nm


Cold night, hot fire pit, cool entertainment

Embellish your home with PVC panels
You'll have to hurry if you want one of 20 new Louis Vuitton watches
Luxury duvet looks good, fells good and keeps you healthy
Vacheron Constantin, watches for life and more
Schüller kitchens, where functionality marries design


reMarkable 2, monochrome tablet for your thoughts and your eyes

OnePlus Ace 3V, first with Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 3
ASUS Zenfone 11 Ultra, flagship with a reason
Samsung Galaxy S24 is photography powerhouse
Casette tapes are making a big comeback, and so are portable players
Neumann TLM 103, standard microphone for both voice and music


UK: People with HIV can now donate eggs or sperm to start family

EU health watchdog urges vaccinations to stem surge in Whooping Cough cases
Brazil resumes insulin production after two decades
India launches first home-grown gene therapy for cancer
UK scientists win funding for 'cancer detecting' Lollipops
State to cover rare disease treatment costs in Bulgaria


Potentially habitable 'exo-Venus' with Earth-like temperature discovered

Rare species of wild bees discovered in Berlin
SLAC completes construction of largest digital camera ever built for astronomy
Solar eclipse next week in U.S., Mexico and Canada
Gravitational waves may have made human life possible
Astronomers unveil strong magnetic fields spiraling at the edge of Milky Way's central black hole