The disagreement between employers and the Government forces companies to advance orders before the strike of carriers
The companies are working on contingency plans to advance the reception of merchandise before December 20.
The experts consulted by this means say that if a week after the the carriers’ strike has not reached an agreement it is already difficultstop. Although it is not impossible because employers and the Government will meet again after closing yesterday’s meeting with little progress. The problem is that there is no agreement and there is less than a week left for December 20 and the country’s companies are preparing for a three-day strike.
Specifically, some transport companies, this week they have decided to advance orders and change truckers’ shiftsincluding weekend deliveries, according to industry sources.
Changes motivated at the request of client companies (shippers) that have also increased production in their factories to avoid shortages as much as possible in those three days. In fact, some large factories value stopping their production during strike daysas this medium has learned.
Keep in mind that these are complicated dates: December 20, 21 and 22. in the middle of christmas. “The Christmas campaign is one of the key consumption moments of the year, so the strike by the employers of carriers comes in a critical week,” say sources from the Association of Manufacturers and Distributors (Aecoc).
From the moment it was announced, they assure that the companies began to work on contingency plans to advance the reception of merchandise -except in the case of fresh products- and thus minimize the possible impact of the strike, should it finally take place.
However, with each passing day the costs and complications intensify and, for this reason, from Aecoc they emphasize the need to maintain dialogue.
“After a very complicated period in which the sector, thanks to the efforts of all professionals in the logistics chain, has managed to guarantee the supply of all kinds of products to thousands of homes, now society is not going to understand that the supply chain is stop voluntarily and prevent some of the star products from reaching homes on such special days”.
Collapse in three days
The same experts who believe that there will be a strike also say that the choice of three days was not random, but it has a reason for being: the collapse in the middle of Christmas. There are 72 hours in which there is a break in the logistics chain that affects all sectors of the economy, although some are more damaged, such as food.
Hence, historically, this type of approach is carried out in transport strikes, sources in the sector explain. For example, during the last truckers’ strike, which took place between June 9 and 15, 2008, Mercamadrid announced that as of June 12 the effects of the shortage would begin to be felt.
But a day before, when those three days were up, the lack of food in small and large stores was already confirmed. The shortage was such that many merchants decided to transport the purchased merchandise in their own vehicles.
That in three days. But what if there were more? This option is open because the unions threaten to call new strikes if the Ministry of Transport and the big companies do not attend to their demands. We are talking about different strikes and a threat that does nothing more than exemplify the division within the sector itself.
The first notice is in Murcia. CCOO, together with UGT and USOhas already summoned a strike in the region between December 23 and January 2 due to the lack of agreement in the negotiations of the new collective agreement. We are talking about a strike that would start after the employers’ strike if the government does not finally manage to stop it. The unions warn that it may even be transferred to other communities.
If consummated, the impact on the Spanish economy would be devastating. The collapse and shortages – not only of food – would be much greater. This would add to the current supply crisis and delivery delays, creating a serious problem. A problem for which the countdown has already begun to run.