November 22, 2023, 12:36

Polish truckers on strike are violating terms of protest, which may help Ukraine to end it

Today, Polish truckers in protest are violating the previously established terms of the strike, and this, in particular, may help to put an end to it. 

Volodymyr Balin, Vice President of the Association of International Road Carriers of Ukraine made this statement, at a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform. 

“There is present misconduct on the striker’s part. At the moment of filing an application with the gmina (municipality in Poland – ed.), it was indicated that they would let certain goods through, including humanitarian cargo and transporting hazardous material, such as fuel. Today, some relevant persons record that these conditions are not met, and in fact, these vehicles are in the general traffic lane. This evidence is accumulated and brought to the attention of the Polish authorities. And we hope that if the preconditions of the strike are violated, the action will be stopped, and the police will make sure that there is a way through,” said Balin.

According to him, the lawyers will file lawsuits with the gmina stating that the border blockade poses a real threat to the drivers lives and health. “Yesterday our representatives had a meeting in Gmina offices, and contacted the officials. Unfortunately, they took the side of the truck drivers and supported border protests morally, so they said the strike would last. Today, both the government of Ukraine and the leadership of the European Commission are appealing to Poland, officially and unofficially, to have the Polish government cancel these illegal permits. Unfortunately, the government is in the process of reforming, and most likely, this issue will stretch to the point of a new full-fledged government being appointed. But we reserve the right, as soon as there are legal grounds to rely on, applications and decisions on blocking roads, to go to court to unblock it in court and cancel this decision. In other words, we are now trying to follow all the ways to get this issue resolved,” he added.

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