maintain the strike after a meeting with the Government
The National Platform in Defense of the Transport Sector does not yield and maintains his call for indefinite unemployment as of Monday, after not having reached an agreement with the representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (Mitma) with whom they met this morning. The new indefinite strike called by the platform -made up mostly of self-employed workers and SMEs- has revived the fear of supply problems such as those suffered last March during the demonstrations promoted by the same organization, which ensures that shippers do not respect the cost price.
As reported to Europa Press in sources from the Ministry, the General Directorate of Land Transport, whose deputy directors have met with the Platform at the Ministry’s headquarters after a request made by letter a few days ago, has explained to its representatives how the inspection works . Any non-compliance detected must be reported officially, identifying the offender and the specific offense committed, providing the necessary information so that the inspection can act with the fastest and most efficient.
In addition, professionals have a mailbox for anonymous complaints where information on non-compliance can be provided, without this official character, and that the inspection also takes into account when planning the inspections.
They have also reminded them of all the measures put in place in the last year for the benefit of the sector, such as direct aid for 900 million euros (2,500 euros per truck for exampleor 1,000 in the case of vans), which are added to the discount of 20 cents on fuel (up to 4,200 euros per truck every six months of discount).
Regarding the law approved in August, the Government defends that it guarantees that carriers do not work below their costs. In this sense, the inspection is already acting to ensure compliance and, in addition, a 2023 inspection plan will be approved in the coming weeks to reinforce the actions, since it will include, for the first time, a specific line of action for the control of prices, delinquency and loading and unloading, in accordance with the approved regulations.
For all these reasons, the Ministry has once again asked the Platform to reconsider and call off a strike that they believe “doesn’t benefit anyone”neither inside nor outside the sector, and which has been unanimously rejected by the vast majority of the transport and logistics sector, by distribution, by the agri-food chain industry, as well as by the majority representatives of employers, trade unions and self-employed associations.
For his part, Manuel Hernández, president of the Platform for the Defense of Transport, pointed out at the end of the meeting that “For the time being, the strike called for starting next Monday “continues”. The Platform has requested an increase in the number of inspectors, both from the Ministry and from the autonomous communities, as well as a new inspection plan, that in cargo contracts the impossibility of denouncing the charger in certain situations be eliminated, and that the amount of sanctions is “exemplary,” among other measures, and all under a signed, written agreement.
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