Negotiations between employers and the Government run aground: the three-day carrier strike continues

The CNTC, which recognizes progress, also maintains the trucker demonstrations for tomorrow.

Trucks stopped at a service station.

The fifth and last meeting between the administration and the Committee for the Transport of Goods by Road (CNTC) has ended without an agreement, but with progress. So that the three-day strike continues (December 20, 21 and 22) convened by the employers and for which there is exactly one week left. Trucker demonstrations are also held for tomorrow.

Although during the meeting there has been some progress in the negotiation, “it is still insufficient” for the CNTC, which is pending receipt of a written proposal from the Government what concrete your offer in order to be valued, as reported in a statement.

All this after the fourth meeting, held yesterday, Monday, did not end well at all. The Government made ugly that “the CNTC’s brief addressed aspects that were not within the scope of negotiation.”

That is, the ban on drivers loading and unloading trucks, the non-implementation of the Eurovignette, the mandatory application of the fuel cost review clause and the construction of safe rest areas for professionals.

Sources from the Ministry assure that they continue working to try to avoid unemployment. “From the Ministry we will dedicate the time it takes to find an agreement within the negotiation perimeter initially marked”, they add.

Manifestation

On the other hand, the Spanish Freight Transport Confederation (CETM) and Fenadismertogether with the rest of the business organizations that have called for the lockout, have organized a demonstration of trucks through the streets of Madrid for this Wednesday, December 15, and other cities in Spain.

In addition to the called bosses’ strike, the unions have also warned that they will carry out mobilizations For its part, if the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and the employers do not sit down with them to solve the main problems of the sector.

The carriers continue without reaching an agreement with the Government and maintain the three-day strike

The CNTC hopes to receive a proposal from the Government that addresses its claims just one week after the lockout.

Carriers

The fourth and last meeting between the administration and the Committee for the Transport of Goods by Road (CNTC) has ended without agreement. So he maintains the three-day strike (December 20, 21 and 22) called by the bosses and for which there is exactly one week left.

At this meeting, the Committee’s response document to the proposal for measures presented by the Ministry on December 9 was analyzed, where there were already important advances that made the Government see the solution closer.

However, “the CNTC’s letter addresses aspects that were not in the negotiation perimeter,” say Ministry sources, who assure that the document from the previous meeting “collects far-reaching measures, which respond to their claims and that They represent unprecedented progress.”

For its part, the CNTC has uniformly maintained its claim line “without any progress having been made regarding matters already known,” they point out in a statement. the bosses It has made it ugly that the Secretary of State was not present at this meetingIsabel Pardo de Vera, who was the one who had summoned them.

The Ministry has highlighted the need to seek an agreement in the negotiation perimeter that was initially marked and in the aspects referred to in its strike call: “The prohibition of drivers loading and unloading trucks , the non-implementation of the Eurovignette, mandatory application of the fuel cost review clause and the construction of safe rest areas for professionals”.

The CNTC claims to have expressed its willingness to negotiate until the last moment. So he maintains the strike called for December 20, 21 and 22 “waiting to receive a proposal from the Government to address their claims.”

The representatives of the Ministry have also transferred to the CNTC the convenience of resolving the negotiation “as soon as possible to be able to give certainty to the economy and to all citizens.”

Manifestation

On the other hand, the Spanish Freight Transport Confederation (CETM)together with the rest of the business organizations that have called for the lockout, have organized a demonstration of trucks through the streets of Madrid for this Wednesday, December 15, at Ifema.

In addition to the employer’s strike called, the unions have also warned that they will carry out mobilizations on their part if the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and the employers do not sit down with them to solve the main problems of the sector.

The employers call off the strike of carriers on the eve of Christmas
The employers call off the strike of carriers on the eve of Christmas

They agree to prohibit the driver’s participation in loading and unloading operations and reduce waiting times by half.

The sixth and last meeting between the Government and the Committee for the Transport of Goods by Road (CNTC) has ended with an agreement after more than eight hours of negotiations. Therefore, the three-day strike (December 20, 21 and 22) called by the employers and for which there were only three days left, is called off.

In the agreement reached -which includes 20 measures- highlights the prohibition of the driver’s participation in loading and unloading operations, historical claim of the sector for the benefit of the working conditions of its workers.

They have also achieved cut waiting times in half, from which the carrier will be entitled to compensation, as well as the treatment to be given to drivers at the loading and unloading centers.

“Likewise, the commitment to imperatively incorporate into the Law the clause for the stabilization of the price of diesel in transport contracts has been achieved, without the possibility of an agreement to the contrary,” the CNTC said in a statement. This is another claim that the sector has been pursuing for years to balance carriers’ relationships with customers.

Along with these measures, that the employer describes as “enormous draft”, other commitments have been achieved by the Ministry, such as not implement tolls for heavy transport without the consent of the CNTC, as EL ESPAÑOL-Invertia already advanced.

As for the possible increase in truck loading capacityany modification will be made progressively and only in certain transport specialties, always with the participation of the CNTC, a measure adopted for the sake of sustainability and efficiency and as a manifestation of the transport sector’s commitment to improving the environment.

More measures

The Ministry of Transport also highlights other regulatory measures, such as the transposition of the posted workers directive and the reinforcement of inspection means to prevent unfair competition.

It also undertakes to create a Code of Good Business Practices in the contracting of land freight transport, which fosters fair, balanced and loyal relations between the companies that intervene in the contracting of freight transport. In addition, a State Registry of companies that subscribe to it will be established.

Refering to driver shortage, a working group will be created to analyze the situation and, within nine months, make a proposal for possible measures to be implemented. On the other hand, the commitment to maintain aid for training and abandonment of the profession during the current legislature is assumed.

Also, regarding to the sanitary cent It includes the commitment to accelerate the administrative procedures that may be pending with respect to those procedures that are not pending a court ruling.

Minister Raquel Sánchez.

Minister Raquel Sánchez.

Within the Recovery Plan, the construction of safe parking lots for trucks will be subsidized, with a total investment of €20 million and a plan will be devised progressive conversion of winter service car parks to secure car parks. 140 million euros will also be invested for the digitization of transport companies and digital training of professionals.

In addition, it will be carried out a study to analyze the feasibility to apply in the road freight transport sector the principles contained in the Food Chain Law in relation to its production costs.

The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, has highlighted that the agreement improves the conditions of an essential sector in the economic activity of our country and is an example of the will of this Government “that dialogues, that listens and that always tries to find agreements to benefit all citizens and, in this case, to a sector that is strategic for the Spanish economy”.

intense negotiations

The agreement comes after the last meetings in which some progress had been made, but the distance between both parts was evident in some points. In fact, due to the lack of agreement between employers and the Government, most companies launched contingency plans to advance the reception of goods.

And last Wednesday, two of the employers’ associations present at the CNTC (CETM and Fenadismer) organized a slow march of trucks through the streets of Madrid and other Spanish cities.

Although the stoppage has been called off, there is another problem in sight. The unions have also warned that they will carry out mobilizations on their part if the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and the employers do not sit down with them to solve the main problems of the sector.