The carrier strike continues to gain support


The indefinite strike in the transport sector has continued to gain muscle this Tuesday on the ninth day of protests with the adhesion, among others, of the Fenadismer employers’ association, the second most important in the sector and which brings together more than 32,000 companies, which has put industries such as dairy on the ropes, which fears its total stoppage in the next few hours if the conflict is not resolved.

Numerous food companies and cooperatives have had to interrupt their manufacturing processes and have been forced to temporarily close its plants due to lack of supply Calvo, Sugar, Cuétara, Dcoop, JaenCoop, Agrosevilla or feed factories. others like Danone, Estrella de Galicia or Heineken-Cruzcampo they have announced this Tuesday that they will have to do it Coming soon if the strike continues.

In the case of the Danone company, they have warned that it will be forced to interrupt its activity in its four dairy products plants in Spain and in the three mineral water plants natural “as a cause of force majeure” due to the truckers’ strike if an “immediate” agreement is not reached to put an end to the stoppages.

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If an agreement is not reached in the next few hours, Danone will be forced to take the drastic decision to interrupt the milk collection process, and as a consequence, the production process in its factories and subsequent transfer of the finished product to the food distribution chains“, he assured in a statement.

The interruption of this process will affect both the natural water supply and dairy products nationwide. Specifically, the firm ensures that the interruption of its activity will take place in a maximum period of 24 hours.

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They demand from the Government an urgent agreement with the carriers

Danone has made this decision to stop if a almost imminent agreement with carriers after having made “maximum efforts” to maintain activity within normality “in a difficult and highly stressed context.”

“However, the unprecedented situation of instability and the worsening of the strikes are already beginning to affect the supply of essential raw materials for products such as whole milk or cream“, he pointed out.

The company shows its “deep discomfort” at the situation and the effects it is having on other sectors. Thus, he hopes that the negotiations carried out by the Government with the carriers to reach an agreement “in the shortest possible time” can be accelerated.

Heineken warns that strike could prevent it from serving bars and supermarkets

Heineken Spain has expressed this Tuesday its “great concern” about the impact that the transport strike is causing in its operations, in the business of its hospitality and commercial customers, and warns that their main customers could be left without service. The owner of Mahou, San Miguel, Solán de Cabras and Alhambra has reiterated that she is “providing and trying to have maximum flexibility and guarantee everyone’s safety”.

In a statement, the company, which produces brands such as Cruzcampo, maintains that if the situation continues, will be unable to serve their products to commercial surfaces, pubs and restaurants“and to stock up on raw materials, due to the violent pickets that prevent the normal operations of the company.”

has recognized that Mahou and San Miguel They are operating “with difficulties” due to the transport strike, which has been going on for more than a week and is having an impact on their operations, sources from the Spanish brewery have informed Europa Press.

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Faced with this “complex situation”, Heineken calls for the involvement of public administrations “to that the freedom of movement of carriers who want to continue working is guaranteedrespecting the right of those who have decided to join the strike voluntarily”.

To this end, the company is “working intensively with different national and regional authorities”, as well as with business and sector associations such as Cerveceros de España and FIAB.

In this way, Heineken is confident that it can be resolved as soon as possible and does not further affect “all those who are also suffering its consequences”like the agri-food sector as a whole, hoteliers, commercial establishments, “and, of course, consumers”.

Robles: the intervention of the Army is not “necessary”

The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robleshas ensured that the Army, as of this Tuesday, will not be responsible for guaranteeing the supply of products due to the strike maintained by carriers. According to Robles, “the State security forces and bodies are providing adequate protection”, so the intervention is not “necessary”

This was stated tonight on the Cuatro program Everything is truewhere he stated that we must “try to reach agreements and try to find a point of balance among all” to resolve the conflict.

We must bet on dialogue

The important thing, for Robles, as he has stated, is that carriers “be aware that with what they are doing, what they are doing is that many Spaniards are short of supplies.” “It is a behavior that is not acceptable, we must bet on dialogue and I am convinced that sooner rather than later an agreement will be reached”, she maintained.

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Supermarkets deny shortages on the ninth day of the strike

Supermarkets have registered an increase in consumption of between 20 and 25% in some products in the last week compared to the same week of 2021 due to an “anomalous” behavior of oversupply, and they warn that it is not necessary to stockpile of food because there is no shortage.

This Tuesday marks nine days of an indefinite strike called, on the one hand, by Spanish carriers in protest at the high fuel prices. Since then, roadblocks have affected different industries, from cattle raising, farming and fishingto the automotive sector.

These mobilizations have caused the farms have had to throw away their products – for example, milk – because they cannot ship them. In the supermarkets, meanwhile, they explain that there is no shortage, but they do recognize that there is a slower flow of fresh food arrival such as fruit, fish, vegetables and milk, which has caused an increase in the price of these products.

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