In what turned out to be a very successful evening for Espace, we were awarded Highly Commended in the Employer of the Year category at the Global Freight Awards 2015. Espace are small fry when compared to the big names in the industry but we showed that you don’t have to be big to look after your staff. We recognise that it is our staff that make us successful. We try to develop them, recognise their efforts and reward them for their hard work. One of our visions is to be “loved by our staff”. We will certainly try to continue to look after our greatest assets
European Road Freight Price increases temporarily on hold
The European Road Freight industry nervously awaited a decision from Germany which could have had an impact on freight prices within Europe. However, the plans to apply the German minimum wage to foreign truck drivers transiting the country have been shelved.
The German Government had proposed that their minimum wage of 8,50 euros an hour would have to be applied to drivers of any nationality passing through Germany. This would have represented a large increase in cost for hauliers. The driver’s employer also faced extra paperwork under the measure, and a fine if the driver were not paid accordingly.
Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic Strongly objected to the suggestion as the minimum wage is much lower in those countries. The proposals would have had a huge impact on the cost of European road freight and especially on express freight traffic from the UK to Poland and Poland to the UK.