- IF SANCHEZ DOES NOT KEEP HIS PROMISES
The Platform for the Defense of the National and International Road Freight Transport Sector is threatening to call a new stoppage of its activity in July to protest against the working conditions of the trucks and thus resume the protests that began in March and caused the logistic paralysis in Spain.
Specifically, the president of the platform, Manuel Hernandez, has asked the Ministry of Transport, in a letter to which this newspaper has had access, to go ahead with the law that prevents working below their costs, which the Government promised for June 30 - a date for which there is a little less than a month and a half. If the date is not met, the hauliers will stop their trucks.
"You made a commitment that by June 30, 2022, the Law on the Prohibition of Contracting at a Loss in the Road Freight Transport Sector would be ready, and that is the number one need for us. We were told by Ms. Minister that we would be kept informed of its progress and drafting, and we were strongly urged to trust her word," says Hernandez.
The president of the platform criticizes that "only a month and a half from the promised date and we have no official or direct news, the costs mainly, fuel, have risen 10% since the strike until today, the operating costs of our trucks are close to 1.50 euros and the average price we receive is between 0.85 and 0.95 euros, the transport operators have raised to the factories taking advantage of the situation, between 40 and 60% transport services and are not transferring it to the carriers, and all the precariousness and abuses that we denounced are still occurring without the Transport Inspectorate to prevent or intervene in anything".
In view of this situation, the Platform for the Defense of the National and International Road Freight Transport Sector has requested a meeting with the Ministry of Transport to know first hand the current status on the development of the Law prohibiting contracting at a loss and its sanctioning regime and means of effective application. As well as denouncing and detailing with clear evidence that the measures implemented by the Government are not being complied with.
Via Ok Diario