New transport strike reignites fear of supply problems
The new indefinite unemployment convened by the Platform for the Defense of the National and International Road Freight Transport Sector starting next Monday has revived the fear of supply problems like those suffered last March during the mobilizations promoted by the same organization. Those 20-day strikes were interrupted after the Government committed to carrying out a cost control law (approved in August) that obliges shippers to set a fair and sufficient price so that carriers pay for their work.
However, the platform – made up mostly of self-employed workers and SMEs – ensures that chargers, given the “passivity” of the Administration in controlling the application of the standard, they do not respect the cost price to carriers. From the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, carriers have been urged to report breaches of the law that they detect so that the inspectors can carry out their work and, if necessary, impose fines that can reach 4,000 euros.
its owner, Rachel Sanchezhopes that the strike will not finally occur, taking into account that, in recent months, the Ministry has worked “a lot” with the transport sector and In August, a royal decree law was approved with its demands. Sánchez has asked the callers of the strike for “responsibility”, since it is the first months of application of a regulation that has changed the scenario in which they provided their services. Although she has recognized that the inspection mechanisms will have to be strengthened, the minister has considered that “We are in an absolutely different situation than a few months ago”. In his opinion, the conditions of carriers have substantially improved and, therefore, “it would not make sense for a new strike to take place now.”
No support from the rest of the sector
The Merchandise Department of the National Committee for Road Transport (CNTC)the sector’s interlocutor body with the Government, has considered that calling an indefinite strike to demand improvements in working conditions “It is not the solution”. The associations that are part of the CNTC do not support the strike and “commit to working with the Administration in the search for solutions.”
The Spanish Confederation of Freight Transport (CETM), the largest employer in the sector, has requested the security forces intervention and has warned that the strike could further raise prices in supermarkets. The International Road Transport Association (Astic) has stressed that “There are no reasons for a measure like that that will harm us all inside and outside the sector”, after significant changes were achieved in the activity.
In his opinion, what needs to be done is to use the tools provided by the current legislative framework and “not expect the Government to negotiate, in our place, with those clients who do not comply with the law“. The employers of refrigerated transport Atfrie has said that it cannot share the diagnosis made by the Platform, nor the solutions it proposes, and considers that the best way to find viable, lasting and effective solutions is negotiation and it is undeniable that the The Ministry is willing to negotiate solutions for the sector with its representative body, the CNTC.
supply chain concern
The Logistics and Transport Business Organization of Spain (UNO) has described the new strike as “irresponsible“, because” it endangers the supply chain at a strategic time of the year for thousands of companies that now risk their income statement. “ONE rejects the existence of a minimum price in transport services and calls it “completely illegal and impossible in a free market economy like ours”, while demanding that the safety and right to work of all those carriers who do not want to support the strike be guaranteed.
The main organizations that make up the food and hospitality chainThey have demanded security and guarantees for supply and to prevent a repeat of the “serious incidents and violent episodes” of last March. In his opinion, this new strike comes at a difficult time for the food chain, already “severely stressed” by the complex international scenario.
The fruit and vegetable sector has assured that the Government must guarantee free transit and access to national and foreign markets”, and more so in a “period of maximum activity” for the trade of these basic foods such as “the month of November”, in which the marketed volume of fruit and vegetables reaches on average 600,000 tons per weekwhose value is around €700 million. There is also “extreme concern” in the cereal market and in the feed manufacturing and supply chain, where prices are skyrocketing, so they demand that a solution be negotiated “as far as possible” that avoids unemployment or leave them out of it.
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