ES: Carriers call off the strike after reaching an "in extremis" agreement with the Ministry

The National Road Transport Committee (CNTC) has called off the transport strike scheduled for December 20, 21, and 22 after reaching an agreement with the Ministry of Transport.

The ministry has promised to solve some of the sector's requests, including the prohibition of the driver's participation in loading and unloading operations, the sector's historic claim to improve the working conditions of its workers.

The carriers agreed to halve waiting times, after which the carrier will be entitled to compensation, as well as the treatment of drivers at loading and unloading centers.

The department headed by Raquel Sanchez also promised to incorporate into the law a clause to stabilize the price of diesel in transportation contracts, without the possibility of an agreement to the contrary. Moreover, the Ministry and the sector have agreed not to implement tolls for heavy transport without reaching a prior agreement with the Committee.

Finally, "any increase in the load capacity of trucks will be made progressively and only in certain transport specialties, always with the participation of the CNTC, a measure adopted in the interests of sustainability and efficiency and as a manifestation of the transport sector's commitment to improving the environment."

All these measures had been demanded by the sector in recent months, but until now they had been rejected by the Ministry of Transport; which is why the sector had called for strikes at the gates of Christmas. The agreement was achieved after six meetings with representatives of the Ministry.

This agreement can help other sectors, such as agriculture, to negotiate and follow the same path.



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