The conflict between Polish and Ukrainian truck drivers on the border of the two countries continues to grow. According to the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, Ukrainian drivers began to take revenge on their Polish colleagues for the blockade of the border, showing aggression, including attacking a Polish truck with stones, breaking the windshield, and setting fire to a trailer with Polish license plates that was standing in line. Cases of theft of batteries from trucks have also been recorded. This is reported by EADaily.
The confrontation began on November 6, when Polish carriers, who joined the Committee for the Protection of Carriers and Transport Employers, blocked several border checkpoints.
They are protesting against the agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, demanding its revision or termination. Polish truck drivers express dissatisfaction with “the privileges of Ukrainians in the EU, but without obligations.”
The newspaper points to the price advantage of Ukrainian carriers, who are willing to work for much lower amounts in Europe compared to their Polish colleagues, who are forced to pay significantly higher salaries to their drivers.
European road hauliers are also demanding a revision of the agreement between the EU and Ukraine, suggesting that in the current situation many companies may cease to operate by 2024, when the current agreements expire.
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