The Philippine Embassy has again urged a ban on the deployment of Filipinos for work in Poland’s road transport sector.
There is concern over the working conditions of Filipinos employed as truck drivers across Europe. Last November, 40 Filipino truck drivers in Germany and Poland had to be rescued from poor working conditions by the Philippine government. Previously, 22 Filipino drivers had been found living in substandard conditions in Denmark.
These drivers are falling victim to unethical recruitment agencies charging excessive fees and taking advantage of individuals keen to find work. Poland is a no placement fee destination, so visitors from outside the EU can usually stay for up to three years. However, rogue recruiters are exploiting some workers from overseas.
The Department for Foreign Affairs (DFA) has called for a suspension of Filipinos working as truckers in Europe.
Poland has been looking to the Philippines to help ease the truck driver shortage, however, many of these workers find themselves facing poor accommodation, no overtime pay and no medical benefits.