The Government tries to reach an agreement with the carriers with direct aid to diesel


This Thursday the second meeting of this week between carriers and the Government is held to find a solution to the high price of fuel that these drivers are facing. Sources present at the meeting have told RTVE that they are debating direct aid of between 25 and 30 cents per liter of fuel. Carriers would receive this amount directly at gas stations And I will would deduct per liter refueled. The Government, for the moment, has not confirmed this measure.

Present at the meeting are the large employers belonging to the National Committee for Road Transport (CNTC), the government’s interlocutor body. However, the convening platform for the mobilizations has not attended as it was not invited, who have asked the Executive to meet with them to specify the measures. If they don’t, they say, they will continue with the demonstrations.

The CNTC has convened a mobilization in Madrid this Sunday in the event that no agreement is reached with the Government.

Eleven days of strikes cause supply problems

The meeting between the Government and the Departments of Goods and Travelers of the CNTC takes place in the eleventh day of road stoppages due to high fuel prices. Since Monday, March 14, thousands of drivers block the roads with their trucks and vans, which has caused problems in sectors such as fishing, agriculture, livestock and even the automobile industry.

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This Tuesday, the Government offered in a meeting with employers of the CNTC a bonus of 500 million euros for drivers from April 1a proposal that was received as “insufficient“Since then, large associations of the CNTC such as Fenadismer, Fetrasna and Feintra, which until this Tuesday did not support the mobilizations, began to support them until the aid for the drivers was specified.

The meeting between the majority employers and the Government was going to take place this Friday, but the strong pressure from the carriers has caused it to be brought forward one day. This Wednesday the Executive had indicated that the negotiations would last as long as necessary and that they would not leave the table until there was an agreement.

The general secretary of CETMthe majority employer in the field of merchandise, José María Quijano, has defended that the best way to help the sector right now is through “direct aid to companies“for a period of months to be determined, and not via a reduction in the taxes levied on fuel.

“We trust that an agreement will be reached today. In the last meetings these measures have already been advanced, quantified in a global figure -500 million euros- and today we want them to tell us how they are going to be applied”, he pointed out before entering the meeting.

For his part, the representative of Fenadismer, Julio Villaescusa, indicated moments before entering the meeting that the will of the entity is “to fix this enormous problem”, and for this he will not leave the table “until there is an agreement “.

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Villaescusa has downplayed the absence of the platform calling the strike at this meeting and has asked to establish a cap on fuel prices and address the problem of outsourcing in the sector.

For the president of Fetransa, Víctor González, the transport sector is “absolutely blocked” and to solve it they will demand that the Executive stabilize the price of diesel and prohibit by law that it can work below cost, among other measures.


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