The unions take to the streets throughout Spain and join the carrier strike that begins to paralyze the country

This Wednesday the protests are widespread throughout Spain. Along with the carrier strike, which is ten days old this day and has begun to paralyze the country, is joined today by the call of the majority unions that have called almost 60 concentrations or mobilizations in all the country.

The reason that unites all the protests is the rise in fuel prices and electricity, which is making all basic products more expensive for the population and for the majority of workers and companies.

Thus, the trade union Commissions Obreras (CC.OO.) and the General Union of Workers (UGT) urge the Government and the European Union (EU) to contain the inflation that is reaching levels not seen in the last three decades in recent months.

For their part, carriers today begin their tenth day of unemployment, after rejecting the agreement of the Government and the negotiating body of the sector that included a package of aid from €500 million and that yesterday several employers in the sector joined the strike.

In addition, this Wednesday there is also a call for a taxi mobilization. Elite Taxi Has summoned in Barcelona one Slow march which will run from Terminal 1 of the Catalan capital Airport to the regional Parliament. In Madrid, Sunday will be the day the taxi takes to the streets to protest.

shortage increases

The incidence of carrier strikes has been making itself felt for days on supermarket shelves, where there are already hard-to-find products, such as milk, flour, legumes and pasta.

Every day more companies announce that they will not be able to continue their activity due to the lack of supplies or the lack of carriers to deliver fresh products with a short expiration date. The first to announce it were the dairy companies, although the problems are spreading to dealerships, gas stations and other manufacturing sectors.

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This Wednesday the voice of alarm was given by the Lares residential centers, managed by social entities that bring together a thousand residences. have announced that “the stoppages in transport are putting at risk the feeding of the elderly“And that they only have a guaranteed supply of fresh produce for one more week.

Incidents and search for solutions

Since the start of the carrier strike, there have been 61 arrests and another 455 people are being investigated for the incidents that have occurred during these days, such as the throwing of stones at trucks in circulation, the puncture of vehicle wheels, road closures or the impediment of trucks leaving logistics centers.

The authorities are deploying devices of the State Security Forces and Bodies to ensure the safety of carriers that they do not support the strike and that the basic supply can continue. In the case of the Madrid region, 3,450 agents have been deployed, including members of the National Police and the Civil Guard.

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For her part, the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, this Wednesday in Congress assured that the majority of carriers “are already working”, while the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, maintains that this week the Executive will reach an agreement with the transportation sector.

Thus, Sánchez’s Cabinet has its sights set on the European Council meeting on March 24 and 25, where it hopes that agreements will be reached to cushion the rise in fuel and electricity prices and mitigate the effects that the conflict in Ukraine is having on European economies.