Carriers go on indefinite strike

The carriers the started this midnight the indefinite strike convened by the National Platform in Defense of the Transport Sector what could cost the economy 600 million euros a dayas it is a cessation of activity in the face of campaigns as important as the black Friday oa 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 the Black Fridayduring which it is estimated that the 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, is mobilized in protest at the non-compliance by shippers (customers of carriers) of the law that prohibits low-cost work and free participation of drivers in loading and unloading tasks.

Also in March

It is the same organization that, in Last Marchstarred in a transport stoppage that lasted twenty daysgenerating serious problems in the supply chain.

Unlike that protest, to which some other associations such as Fenadismer, Fetransa or Feintra joined, on this occasion, both the employer 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 March and August two royal decree-laws were approved 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 guarantee that the price of transport exceeds the effective individual costs and expenses incurred by the carrier.

Failure to comply with the law and lack of inspections

However, the small carriers denounce that the loading companies "continue without offering or paying prices that give reality to the costs that truly 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.

Therefore, 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.

Not working below cost

The ministry promised last Thursday, in a meeting with the management of the platform, to "strengthen" inspections to ensure that carriers do not work below their costs and 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 included in a document signed before midnight this Sunday, so that the carriers know that they are going to be fulfilled and in what period, in order to be able to assess the cancellation of the strike, which is not has happened, so the mobilization continues.

During this first day of strike that begins today, the carriers will participate in a demonstration in Madrid that will make a walking tour from the Plaza de Carlos V (Atocha) to the Ministry of Transport, and in which the platform hopes that they will also participate associations from other sectors such as agriculture, livestock and hospitality.

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