Spanish transport companies have announced plans for a three-day country-wide strike. It will be from Monday, December 20 to Wednesday, December 22. That was after talks at the Transport Ministry on improved working conditions failed. The drivers want things like better working conditions and a mandatory clause to review diesel prices.
"That deserves attention. But not by blocking the roads three days before Christmas," says Thomas Bos. He is a trader from Alicante who supports wholesalers, retailers, importers, and exporters. He buys and sells Spanish fruit and vegetables.
"Most carriers in our sector know what our situation is and are happy to drive for us. But it's a general transport strike. So all kinds of sectors may decide not to drive any trucks. And say a few big general cargo transporters block the highways and border crossings. That will be a big problem, even outside Spain."
"The threat of this strike is causing much unrest. Nobody knows if it's really going to happen. Everyone's, naturally, trying to bring their orders forward. But that's not that easy. Vegetables don't consider a strike. About 20 years ago, there was also a strike before Christmas. That led to empty stores. Let's hope that this doomsday scenario doesn't become a reality," Thomas concludes.
Discussions will resume on Friday evening.