Road Transport union considers today’s Government meeting a ‘failure’

Spanish transport workers strike to continue indefinitely after failing to reach agreement with Government

Image of Spanish transport workers during the strike. Credit: twitter@oticg

Today’s meeting with Government ministers considered a ‘failure’ by the Road Transport union

A meeting has taken place this Monday, March 21, between the Government and the National Committee for Road Transport (CNTC). Sources from the road transport sector informed EFE that the talks were a ‘failure’. The outcome hints at the possibility of more associations and employers joining the indefinite strike.

The offer presented by the Government has been described by the source as “completely insufficient”, although it has only been rejected “in the first instance” by some employers, while others prefer to wait to have all the details of the offer.

This meeting had been arranged in order to address the implementation of extraordinary measures. It was hoped to find a solution to the current situation in the transport sector, in the face of the brutal rise in the price of fuels.

The strike action organised by the Platform for the Defense of the Transport of Goods by National and International Road began last Monday 14. Their subsequent action has resulted in a big impact on supplies across the country. Because this entity is not part of the CNTC, the Government is refusing to meet with them. They consider the CNTC to be its only interlocutor.

Nadia Calviño, the Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, attended this morning’s meeting. She was accompanied by Maria Jesus Montero, the Minister of Finance, and the Minister of Transport, Raquel Sanchez. Ms Calviño expressed her confidence that an agreement can be reached on the basis of ‘concrete measures’.

“We have talked about concrete measures, and I am confident that we can reach an agreement during the day that responds to the concern of the sector, that we understand perfectly, and with which we sympathise”,  she told the press.

Adding, “The Government is trying to respond in the most effective way possible to the problems of a sector that is strategic and indispensable for our economy”.

Ms Calviño highlighted how the sector had already proved to be strategic when “it maintained the supply chain and the tranquillity of the population as a whole during the pandemic”. It had also been a “key to maintaining economic activity, and the well-being of families”, she added, as reported by


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