The action could cause supply chain issues just before the busy holiday period. / EFE

Spain's hauliers threaten three-day strike just before Christmas

The Spanish road freight sector warns, “Only a radical and urgent change on the part of the Government and clients could avoid this conflict”

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The road transport sector in Spain has carried out their threat and called for a strike in the transport of goods from 19 to 22 December, an action that could cause major supply chain problems just days before Christmas.

And the National Road Transport association has warned “Only a radical and urgent change on the part of the Government and clients could avoid this conflict.”

"Abandoned"

The hauliers claim that the sector has been "abandoned" after several years of thorny negotiations around some of the issues presented in a claim package. Among them were the banning of drivers from loading and unloading trucks, the mandatory application of the fuel cost review clause, the building of safe rest areas for professional drivers and, above all, the fight against the implementation of the Eurovignette road user charge for heavy vehicles that affects the tolls paid according to the ecological impact they generate.

Crisis

For months the sector has been suffering from the impact of the crisis and now the hauliers say "reasonable channels of negotiation" have ended. Added to the lack of agreement with the government is “the absolute lack of sensitivity on the part of our clients in the present economic situation, that is even causing a huge problem with the lack of professional drivers, given the degrading and inhuman treatment in the conditions in which they carry out their work," the group claims.