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Self-employed transporters and SMEs join farmers and call for an indefinite strike

The National Platform for the Defense of the Transport Sector, which unites thousands of self-employed road transporters and SMEs, reports today that it has decided to join the farmers’ protests in the call for an indefinite national strike starting next Saturday.

It was announced this Monday on the same platform that, even without the support of the employers’ associations that unite the major companies in the sector, in March 2022, it initiated a twenty-day strike that put a check on the country’s distribution chain.

This strike, called with farmers and winners, is open to all movements and sectors that are considered appropriate, according to the calling platform, which also called for the support and participation of civil society.

The strike was called for next Saturday, February 10, although the platform indicates that it is waiting for Madrid’s endorsement of transporters, drivers, and other participating sectors at the national level. Regarding the location of the concentration and the start time in Madrid, the same source indicated that it will be announced in the coming days.

The platform asks for the support and participation of civil society in the planned actions and events, as well as the collaboration of the transport sector “in the face of the conditions that arose this week from the farmers in their protest.”

Regarding this announcement by the National Platform of Transporters, the Minister of Transport and Sustainable Mobility, Oscar Puente, said this Monday in Mérida that any strike called now in the transport sector “is not justified.”

The Spanish Confederation of Freight Transport (CETM) showed in a note its respect for the demands of the agricultural sector and explained that, like transport, it is “important to guarantee the well-being” of citizens and the Spanish economy. CETM stressed that it will continue to support dialogue and negotiations with the Ministry of Transport and Mobility “to address the problems that threaten the sector” of road freight transport.

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