European hauliers, according to a Dutch union representing EU lorry drivers, are laughing at the United Kingdom's offer to come help the United Kingdom before Christmas and get temporary visas.
To ease supply backlogs before Christmas, the UK government has invited thousands of EU lorry drivers here, according to Edwin Atema of the Dutch FNV union.
BBC News said that Atema's drivers were "laughing" when he informed them about his plans to come to the UK to help fix the country's transportation system.
He also claimed that the UK government's plans to enable foreign lorry drivers to make more deliveries in the UK to assist with supply chain issues will "legalise exploitation.".
Drivers are sometimes "isolated in their trucks" and "totally robbed of their rights," he asserted, because they don't leave their "free will" behind.
According to him, giving them "unlimited travel" in the UK will further "ruin" the sector.
As a result of this proposal, human trafficking will be legalised in the UK, adding fuel to the fire of an already troubled business. This is absurd," Atema opined.
Ben Brown - What do you make of the government's latest proposal to allow foreign HGV drivers to make more deliveries to deal with supply issues?— Haggis_UK 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@Haggis_UK) October 15, 2021
Edwin Atema(FNV Union) - "This proposal will legalise exploitation in the UK... it's ridiculous" pic.twitter.com/9entO8f0CX
He told BBC Radio 4 Today last month that EU truck drivers won't assist England deal with the "crap" it generated.
To help them out of the mess they made, he added, "We won't go back to England."
In a devastating Facebook post at the time, EU truck drivers refused invitations to work in the UK.
Romanian driver George Mihulecea remarked in a Facebook group called 'Koleka Problem' that "most of the drivers left for work conditions reasons" and that coming to the UK is no longer "worth it."
"Good luck to them," he concluded. Drivers, they believe, are idling at the border, hoping to be hired in the United Kingdom.
This is just the beginning; warehouse workers will follow drivers out the door.
Earlier this year, a Romanian lorry driver who planned to return to Romania to work within the EU warned that lorry drivers delivering to UK supermarkets now face greater risk, fatigue, and pressure.
Drivers, according to Viorel Alexandru Onu, are expected to cover up shortfalls caused by Brexit-related driver shortages by working even longer hours now that the government has allowed them.
There is no doubt that the longer hours put lorry drivers and other road users in jeopardy.
To make up for the shortages, I believe those who deliver for supermarkets are under more pressure to make as many deliveries as possible, and to use the same lorry drivers for all of those deliveries."
That, I believe, entails more fatigue and sleep deprivation, both of which increase the risk of an accident.