The Department of Goods from the National Road Transport Committee (CNTC), an entity that brings together companies in the sector with the Government, has warned that if the Executive does not present a new proposal to solve the main problems of the sector, the strike called between December 20 and 22 could become indefinite.
This has been transferred by business representatives of the transport of goods, among which are employers such as the Spanish Confederation of Goods Transport (CETM), the International Road Transport Association (Astic) or the National Federation of Transport Associations of Spain (Fenadismer), among others, after maintaining a new meeting with the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.
It’s about the second meeting that both parties have convened since the announcement of the lockout, after the one held on November 18. On this occasion, the negotiations have been postponed again for next week.
This was announced in statements to the press by the Secretary General for Transport, María José Rallo, at the end of the meeting, ensuring that the Negotiations will continue, with the aim of preventing this strike from taking place on dates of high logistics demand.
“We are convinced that there is room for negotiation and we have moved our maximum availability to be able to reach a call for unemployment in a few days of maximum demand, in the case of the dates before Christmas, which could have a relevant impact on citizens “, he pointed out.
Rallo explained that this Monday the Ministry sent them a working document that included solutions that he believed to be “reasonable” and which represented a “significant” advance to solve the problems that motivated the call.
Specifically, the Ministry has stated that the mobility law that this month will take Minister council as the instrument to solve some of the main problems. However, the business side does not think that this is the most appropriate instrument.
While the general secretary has explained that the committee has recognized that there are positive aspects in that proposal, the president of the CNTC, Carmelo González Sayas, has assured that it has transmitted to the Secretary of State for Transport, Isabel Pardo de Vera, their “complete rejection” of his proposal, considering that not only does it not respond to what is requested by the sector, but even “it is more restrictive” than the commitment assumed by the previous Secretary of State, Pedro Saura, last July.
“There is no adequate response to issues such as the prohibition of driver participation in loading and unloading operations, the reduction of waiting times, the mandatory application of the diesel price review clause, the return of overdue amounts of the sanitary cent or the non-application of the Eurovignette and the rest of the points claimed for years “, the committee points out.
For this reason, the CNTC has affirmed that there is “unwillingness to reach an agreement” on the part of the Government, which is why it has invited him to make a new proposal that, if it is not considered sufficient, could lead to a tightening of the unemployment conditions, which could become indefinite.
In addition, the committee has decided to challenge in court the granting of aid recently approved by the Government for the transformation of fleets, on the understanding that it is “severely discriminatory” for the transport of goods: “Aid is denied to this sector that is granted to other vehicles powered by the same energies for other areas of transport.”