The unions ask to convene the transport table before the strike on Monday


CCOO Y UGT have asked this Friday urgent call of the social table of road freight transport to analyze the situation in the face of the indefinite strike called by small carriers as of Monday, which could have a daily cost of 600 million euros. In a letter addressed to the Minister of Transport, Rachel Sanchezthe unions consider that at the table, made up of the ministries involved, representatives of companies and workers, the problems of the sector should be addressed from social dialogue “from any point of view”.

Among the main problems in the sector, the unions cite the limitations on the participation of drivers in loading and unloading of vehicles or Transport Chain Law, which must guarantee that work is not carried out below cost and that is precisely the reason given by the callers of the strike, the minority National Platform in Defense of the Transport Sector. Also, CCOO and UGT propose to address other issues such as unfair competition and fraud, the subcontracting chain, early retirement, the hardship and danger of the profession and the lack of training and generational change.

25% of your business at risk

The strike could affect 25% of the annual business of carriers, as it is a cessation of activity due to massive campaigns such as “Black Friday” and Christmas, with a great impact on the economy of autonomous carriers and loading companies. According to a report by OBS Business School professor Eduardo Irastorza, the strike could cost the Spanish economy some 600 million euros a day.

Many organizations against

One more day, many carrier organizations have rejected the strike, such as the Coordinator of Transportation Organizations (COT) of Catalonia, who will not support it because “it is not justified” after the measures approved this year to improve the activity of carriers, although they recognize that there are still certain difficulties persist. The autonomous carriers of the Port of Bilbao and the Basque union of autonomous carriers of Euskal Herria Hiru have also shown their rejection.

Likewise, the president of Aetram -one of the majority carrier associations in the province of Lugo-, Diego Ariashas considered that “this is not the time” to make a strike in the sector, because it could do “more damage” to the country’s already complicated economic situation.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, louis planeshas appealed “to responsibility” to transport professionals, and has ensured that the Government can “guarantee the supply”. For his part, the President of Asturias, Adrian Barbonhas asked the Government Delegation in the Principality that, if the strike continues, it “guarantees at all times that whoever wants to work can do so”.

Also the Government delegate in Castilla-La Mancha, Francis Tierrasecahas transferred to the heads of the State Security Forces and Bodies in the region that the “absolute priority” is “guarantee the right to work and the continuity of the supply of products“. The Government delegations in Castilla y León and in Cantabria have guaranteed an escort to the carriers who work from Monday.

Farmers and ranchers concerned

The Union of Small Farmers (UPA) has demanded that the necessary measures to guarantee the supply of agricultural products and raw materials during the strike. The general secretary of the association in Granada, Nicholas Girlhas recognized the concern of the sector, although it has trusted that do not repeat the “serious incidents” that occurred in the strike of the Platform last March.

March on foot in Madrid

The National Platform in Defense of the Transport Sector They have also called a demonstration for next monday in the center of Madrid, a march on foot, in which they assure that other sectors such as agriculture, livestock and hospitality will accompany them.

They maintain the call for indefinite unemployment after yesterday, in the meeting they held with representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, they did not get the guarantees they demand so that shippers comply with the law approved in August and respect the cost price.


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