The agreement reached between the Government and the majority employers of carriers does not satisfy the Platform in Defense of the Transport Sector, the minority association that began strikes in the sector a few days ago, to which thousands of truckers and carriers joined, amplifying a strike, which has caused problems of shortages. The Platform maintains the indefinite strike and the protest called this morning in Madrid despite the agreement reached this morning.
The Platform, which the Government does not recognize as an interlocutor since the beginning of the conflict, maintains the call for the demonstration on foot in front of the headquarters of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda that it had called before the agreement reached this morning. The president of the Platform, Manuel Hernández, has considered that the agreement reached with the Government translates into “crumbs and tips” and has warned that the strike will continue until this association is received by the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez. He claims a minimum subsidy of 60 cents per liter of diesel instead of the 20 cents agreed between the Government and the CNTC. “No one has spoken to us, they continue to sit with the wrong people, and they continue to offer crumbs and tips to call off a conflict that is not at all about a discount on the price of diesel,” Hernández told RNE.
The Platform is barely a year old. It groups small carriers. And it has no representation in the National Road Transport Committee (CNTC), where the large associations are represented (ASTIC, CETM, FENADISMER, FEINTRA, FETRANSA, FITRANS, ANATRANS, FVET, FETEIA, ATFRIE, UNO). Until a few weeks ago it was a minority association, very active on social networks. His movement has been lit by the fuse of the runaway rise in fuel prices and has grown thanks in part to the power of social networks, where messages of all kinds circulate, some appealing to violence. The encouragement of the right-wing parties has also helped them. Although the Government has pointed to Vox as the instigator of the strikes, it has not presented evidence that this ultra party is at the origin of the protests or participates in them.
They claim 60 cents per liter
“We are one step away from unmasking this Committee that over the years has only taken advantage of us. It is time to dismantle the mafia that has managed and oppressed us and that from its dominant position has ruined us”, said the president of the Platform. Hernández has indicated that the strike will continue as long as there are no “real solutions” that respond to their problems. “They would have to drop more than 60 cents for it to be enough. The issue of the price of transport is not being touched upon, which is the most important thing, being able to cover operating costs, but the employers are not interested in this”, he pointed out. “We will continue until the end, if they do not meet with us it is impossible to reach an agreement. You cannot pay below operating costs to whoever performs the service. At that table they are excluding us so there is no agreement or withdrawal, it is up to the minister to call us and talk, as long as she keeps turning her back on us we will be unemployed”, warned Hernández, who has not ruled out “arriving in Madrid with trucks if the situation continues like this”.
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After knowing the result of the meeting between the ministers of Economic Affairs, Finance and Transport with the CTNC, which he described as “oppressive mafia”, Hernández has said that this “dominant position” of the body of the sector chosen as interlocutor with the Government ” it’s over”. “This has ended and we decided it, we are the ones who have the trucks and we are the ones affected, and that is how we have to be recognized”, he pointed out on social networks hours before the call with which this morning he hopes to bring together thousands of people before the Ministry of Transport, where agreements for the sector were agreed last night.
For Hernández, this Friday’s concentration is “an opportunity to enjoy, get to know each other and for these gentlemen to see that the grassroots sector has united, that they are going to have to listen to us whether they want to or not; that everything they orchestrate with these gentlemen who do not represent us is worth nothing.” “All patches and promises are blown away and it will not lead us to give up. We have started this and we have to finish it accordingly”, without “throwing so many days of endurance overboard”, he said to try to encourage the participation of the thousands of carriers who for almost two weeks have stopped their vehicles, putting against the ropes the distribution chain throughout Spain.
Protests in the Free Zone
On the other hand, a group of carriers has gathered again early this morning in the Barcelona Free Trade Zone prepared to continue the protests against the rise in fuel prices, despite the agreement reached this morning between the employers of the sector and the government. For this Friday, a new march on foot of carriers is planned that will cut the Ronda Litoral of the Catalan capital for the third consecutive day.
The strike, which reaches its twelfth day this Friday, is putting pressure on the supply chains of many companies, especially those in the food sector, and has pushed the Port of Barcelona to the limit of its capacity, with its two freight terminals full of containers that cannot get out.