An estimated three million hauliers roam the roads of Europe, literally driving Europe’s economy. They transport virtually everything we buy or use but the drivers themselves are often exhausted, overworked and underpaid. Many transport companies exploit EU loopholes to use Eastern European drivers on on local contracts with little or no social security benefits to work in Western Europe.
5 a.m. in Bratislava. Marek and his colleagues will be driving to Belgium, over a thousand kilometres away. They’ll be away from their families for months, living out of their trucks and sleeping in parking lots. For a salary that is only half of what some of their colleagues from the West get for the same job.
Filmed in a dozen countries, this film investigates the working conditions of truckers across Europe and what could be done to improve them.
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