Transporters, farmers and metal workers, “abandoned” by the Executive


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Workers in the metal sector, transporters and farmers cannot take it anymore, and they have made it known to the Government of Pedro Sánchez.

This Tuesday, the metal workers of the Bay of Cádiz and the Campo de Gibraltar began an indefinite strike to protest because the employers refuses to accept salary increases in the new collective agreement.

This first day of strikes ended with tough clashes early in the morning between pickets and the forces of order. These acquired special virulence at the doors of the Navantia shipyard, where groups of workers threw stones at the agents, who responded by firing rubber balls.

The pickets set up barricades on various roads in the area, causing significant traffic jams.

Two Civil Guards were slightly injured when their vehicle collided with a lamppost that had been knocked down on the CA-34 highway.

Carriers on strike

The road transport sector is another sector that feels neglected. It has called three days of strike for December 20, 21 and 22. Just before Christmas. The union’s employers want to denounce with this protest the “abandonment” of the Government in matters such as tolls, the rise in fuel or conflicts with customers who “are protected by law”, according to transporters.

Regarding tolls, the Executive insists that it will not impose the rates, but that it will negotiate the model with transport representatives and the rest of the political groups. Despite this, for the moment the minister of the sector, Raquel Sánchez, has not agreed to meet with the sector to address this matter. The Government hopes to avoid strikes, although it also warns that some of the requests from the sector are beyond its competence.

For its part,
farmers are considering joining the transporters’ strike, called between December 20 and 22
. The main agrarian organizations (Asaja, COAG and UPA) are studying to join the strike to protest the rising cost of production. A situation that endangers the survival of hundreds of farms. For example, according to Asaja, the price of fertilizers has shot up between 239 and 307% in the last year and the electricity bill has risen 270% in the same period.

With water up to their necks, literally, Asaja, COAG and UPA requested an urgent appointment with the minister on November 11 Luis Planas. A meeting pending to materialize. Meanwhile, according to sources in the sector, it is considering calling a first concentration before the Ministry of Agriculture in Madrid on November 24.

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