“Social Dumping” is refers to unfair competition based on explotation and low salaries with the aim to reduce labour costs of production and thus be able to offer more competitive prices in the market.
This is one of the most damaging problems for merchandise transport in Spain and in most western European countries. Social dumping, unemployment and low salaries increase the risk of poverty and social exclusion.
Salary is the principal cost that is exploited by transport companies in western Europe, while in eastern Europe it is fuel. However, Spain is an exception to this rule as despite being geographically in western Europe, Spanish transport companies are following the same cost-cutting trend as in eastern Europe.