The transport strike threatens the ‘black friday’ and will cost 600 million daily
The carriers have started the indefinite strike called by the National Platform in Defense of the Transport Sector at midnight this Monday, which could cost the economy 600 million euros a day, as it is a cessation of activity due to campaigns as important as the ‘Black Friday’ or Christmas. This forecast of losses has been made by the OBS Business School professor Eduardo Irastorza, according to the data extracted from the report on ‘Black Friday’, during which it is calculated that sales in Spain increase by 706%although the record in the European Union could be set by Germany, where the rise is expected to be 2,418%.
The platform, which brings together the self-employed and small businesses, although its number of associates is not known, mobilizes in protest against the non-compliance by shippers (customers of carriers) of the law that prohibits low-cost work and the free participation of drivers in loading and unloading tasks. This is the same organization that, last March, carried out a transport strike that lasted twenty days, generating Serious problems in the supply chain.
Unlike that protest, which was joined by some other associations such as Fenadismer, Fetransa or FeintraOn this occasion, both the employers’ organizations and the sectoral organizations grouped in the National Committee for Road Transport (CNTC) have not supported the strike. As a consequence of that first strike and a previous threat from the CNTC in December 2021, between last March and August two reals were approved decree-laws with measures to improve the situation of the sector agreed between the national committee and the Ministry of Transport.
At the beginning of August, Royal Decree-Law 14/2022 on economic sustainability measures in the field of transport was published, which incorporates modifications to Law 15/2009 on the land transport of goods contract, to try to ensure that the price of transport exceeds the actual individual costs and expenses incurred by the carrier.
require more inspections
However, the small carriers denounce that the loading companies “continue not offering or paying prices that give reality to the costs that really give rise to a fair, healthy and viable economy“, as well as the passivity of the Administration in the control of the application of the law. For this reason, in a letter sent at the end of October to the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, the platform suggested a list of changes (copied from the French transport code) to the royal decree law of August to ensure that it achieves the desired objectives.
The ministry promised last Thursday, in a meeting with the management of the platform, to “reinforce” the inspections to guarantee that the carriers do not work below their costs and to approve, in the coming weeks, a 2023 inspection plan, which will include for the first time a specific line of action to control prices, delinquencies and loading and unloading, in accordance with the approved regulations.
The platform requested that these commitment announcements be collected in a document signed before midnight on Sunday, so that the carriers know that they are going to comply and in what period, to be able to assess the call for the strike, which has not happened, so the mobilization continues. During the first day of strike, this Monday, carriers will participate in a demonstration in Madrid which will make a walking tour from the Plaza de Carlos V (Atocha) to the Ministry of Transport, and in which the platform hopes that associations from other sectors such as agriculture, livestock and hospitality will also participate.
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