The indefinite strike of transporters due to the rise in fuel prices reaches its eleventh day with new mobilizations and a worsening supply situation. The main organizations in the food sector have made a unanimous call to the Government and the transport sector to reach an agreement at the meeting scheduled for this Thursday and put the daily losses caused by the lack of materials and distribution of the products at 130 million euros. products. Some factories have already started to stop their activity.
The Government and the National Committee for Road Transport (CNTC) meet this morning at 11:30 a.m. to specify the amount of aid of 500 million for the purchase of professional diesel, an appointment, advanced from Friday to Thursday, at the that, however, the Platform for the Defense of Transport, convener of the strike, has not been invited, insisting that it will not call off the protests until the Executive sits down to negotiate with them and has already convened a demonstration this Friday before the Ministry of Transport.
This Thursday’s meeting will be attended by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, according to government sources who assure that they will not leave the table until there is an agreement . Fenadismer, one of the great platforms that have joined the mobilizations, despite the bonuses announced by the Government, considering that they lack concreteness.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, was confident this Wednesday that a definitive agreement adapted to the needs of the sector will be reached at this meeting, and that the Executive will not leave the table until it is achieved.
Unanimous call for agreement
Supermarkets, food manufacturers, hoteliers, political parties and unions have urged the Government to act as soon as possible to deactivate the strike of carriers due to supply problems.
The main organizations in the food sector have made a unanimous call to reach an agreement with measures to alleviate the situation of the transport sector in the face of rising fuel prices and put an end to indefinite unemployment, after some of the large companies, including the Calvo canning company, Azucarera, the Cuétara biscuit company or the Dcoop cooperative (oil and milk) have had to interrupt their manufacturing processes and have even temporarily closed their plants due to “lack of supply”.
The CCOO unions have joined the call to reach an agreement. and UGT, whose general secretaries, Unai Sordo and Pepe Álvarez, have expressed their confidence that during this Thursday’s meeting between the Government and the National Road Transport Committee (CNTC) an agreement can be reached that provides a solution to the sector’s problems because this, they have said, “cannot wait any longer“.
Speaking to the press upon his arrival at the demonstration in Madrid held last afternoon together with other organizations to ask for price containment and job protection, Sordo reproached the Government, in statements collected by Europa Press, for not having counted in these meetings with the unions, since they are the representatives of the employees of the transport sector, and they “also suffer precarious conditions, low wages and sometimes exploitation”.
The mobilizations of the carriers continue
Again, the road freight carriers take to the streets this Thursday in demonstrations convened throughout the Spanish geography and willing to maintain the strike to denounce that they are working with hardly any profit margin, if not low costs, due in part to the sharp increase in fuel prices.
On Madrid, truckers gather this Thursday, for the second consecutive day, in the surroundings of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, after on the last day more than a thousand trucks carried out a slow march on the M40. Among the carriers who support the strike is Javier, a self-employed person who, in a statement to Alberto Sánchez in La Hora de La 1, who has twelve employees under his charge, affirms that “it is very difficult to reach a solution” because the Government, he assures, does not listens to them
A summons has been concentration of carriers before the Government Delegation of Asturias and in the afternoon they will demonstrate in front of the Noreña slaughterhouse. Meanwhile, in Extremadura, the planned concentration before the Assembly has been suspended, but for now they maintain the march called this afternoon through the center of Mérida.
Another of the sectors affected by the rise in diesel, the fishing fleet, will return to fishing this Thursday after calling off the general strike in the face of specific measures, announced by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, to limit the impact of the increase in the cost of diesel in the operating costs of fishermen, some aid that the Government plans to approve next Tuesday, March 29. However, the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (Cepesca) has announced that the fishing sector grants a margin until that day, when new mobilizations could take place “if it does not respond to the needs of Spanish fishermen.”
The Executive will also respond this Thursday to the demands of the second of the branches represented in the CNTC, that of travelers, which brings together the activities carried out by buses, taxis, VTC and ambulances, also affected by the increase in fuel prices , an impact that adds to the one already suffered by the COVID-19 crisis, when mobility was limited to the maximum.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.