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Transport firm dropped after poor working conditions revealed

Author: CPH Post, Published on: 5 November 2018

A recent investigation by the trade union 3F revealed that the Padborg-based Kurt Beier Transport company was only paying its Philippine and Sri Lankan drivers 15-20 kroner per hour and accomodating them in containers. As a result, several Danish companies have dropped the firm. So far, Arla, Jysk, Leman and the Nagel Group have severed all business ties with Kurt Beier Transport, reports DR Nyheder. Although the union has criticised the wage rates they may not necessarily be illegal, says Jonas Felbo-Kolding, an employment conditions researcher from the University of Copenhagen.The drivers are employed through a daughter company in Poland and have their work and residence permits through this company. EU rules allow lorries from one EU country to cross borders into others and when they have delivered their cargo, they can take three internal journeys in a seven-day period under the pay and working conditions regulations in force in the country where the lorry is based.

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