Spanish truckers strike across the country in protest over high fuel prices

Analysis: Transport Minister says there is no risk of a supply shortage. One of Spain's leading trade unions, CC OO, says there is.
By Matthew Bennett
Mar 14, 2022, 11:16 am

Notes

1. Let's try to find out if the “indefinite” truckers' strike or stoppage called by one association, Plataforma Nacional, nationally in Spain today, is having much effect, or what effect it is having. We just have bits of information so far.

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 11:16 am | On Twitter

2. In a statement on March 5, the association, Plataforma Nacional, said it had the legal right to call the “indefinite national strike” of Spanish truckers from today and that “90% of transport companies are in an economic situation of total bankruptcy”. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 11:25 am | On Twitter

3. The last Plataforma Nacional statement was last night on their Facebook page: drivers should not fall into “coercion”, “violent acts”, or “verbal or physical excess”. Group warned of the possible presence of infiltrators to “take part in vandalism”. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 11:34 am | On Twitter

4. The leader of Plataforma Nacional, Manuel Hernández, has been doing a video blog on Facebook. He insisted in the last one that his group can legitimately call this indefinite national truckers strike: “We are as valid as any other organisation”. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 11:40 am | On Twitter

5. The @SocialDrive_es account is gathering videos they say are from today's truckers strike in Spain. They say this, for example, was a road block on the A30 motorway in Molina de Segura (Murcia), near a well-known transport company earlier this morning. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 12:02 pm | On Twitter

6. The @SocialDrive_es account is also reporting, with short videos, of traffic jams or blockages at some point over the past few hours in Mercamadrid or Mercavalencia, the Barcelona free zone or the maritime areas of Valencia, Palma or Tarragona. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 12:09 pm | On Twitter

7. In other videos or images, you can see a broken windshield or slashed tires. Via @SocialDrive_es Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 12:12 pm | On Twitter

8. In this video, which @SocialDrive_es says is from Loriguilla, Valencia, some truckers stop a lorry on the road and force its driver to divert his journey to some other area. A Civil Guard officer has no luck stopping them. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 12:17 pm | On Twitter

9. Reader @Carthago3000 sends us this video of a picket or group of truckers in front of the Pujante chickens factory on the Murcia-Mar Menor-Cartagena motorway. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 12:28 pm | On Twitter

10. Have just spoken to the DGT (national traffic authorities): the tailbacks on the A-27 in Tarragona (Catalonia) and the A-6 and N-640 in Lugo (Galicia) are a direct result of the truckers strike in Spain today. There were also problems earlier on the A-2 in Torrejón (Madrid).

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 12:48 pm | On Twitter

11. It is very difficult to know this morning what impact the truckers strike is having. There are lots of random videos on social media of road blocks or pickets, from many parts of Spain. The mainstream media, as far as I can see, are not reporting the story much.

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 12:57 pm | On Twitter

12. When I asked the DGT just now, for example, they confirmed the problem earlier on the A-2 in Torrejón but were not able to confirm the problem earlier on the A-30 in Molina de Segura that @SocialDrive_es pointed out in their video. But that doesn't mean it didn't happen.

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 12:59 pm | On Twitter

13. El Correo Gallego, for example, headlines that “Galician truck drivers will not support the strike” but out of the three largest tailbacks the DGT just pointed out to me on the phone, attributable to the truckers' actions, two are in Galicia. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:03 pm | On Twitter

14. @aragontv reports that there is another association of carriers in that north-western part of Spain, @tradimearagon, which has joined the strike called by Plataforma Nacional due to the rise in fuel prices. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:05 pm | On Twitter

15. The chairman of Tradime Aragon, José Antonio Moliner, says that they are stopping their trucks “exclusively because of the price of fuel. We cannot continue to work with these prices without being able to transfer it across to our invoices”. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:08 pm | On Twitter

16. Canal Extremadura says in a video on this page that “90% of the trucks in the transport centre have joined the strike” in Plasencia (Extremadura, western Spain), and they report pickets have been established at “some industrial estates”. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:11 pm | On Twitter

17. Spanish Transport Minister Raquel Sánchez has called for “calm and serenity” this morning over truckers strike; supplies “are guaranteed”. We don't know if they are watching all these videos from multiple corners of Spain at the Transport Ministry. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:17 pm | On Twitter

18. @MundoActualESP says that this is the situation on a Seville industrial estate due to the truckers strike in Spain today. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:28 pm | On Twitter

19. A Telegram account “Spanish Army” publishes a video of what they say is a tense situation in Porriño (Pontevedra, Galicia) between some truck drivers and another trying to get out of a petrol station. Civil Guard tries to stop it. Via @jesusdelacruzol Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:30 pm | On Twitter

20. COPE: “The truckers strike stops 2,000 lorries in Cantabria”. “We cannot continue to work at a loss” says the chairman of ASEMTRASAN Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:38 pm | On Twitter

21. Contrary to what the Transport Minister has said, one of Spain's major trade unions, CC OO, says that there is a “danger of shortages”. It is “urgent and necessary” to sit down and talk, they say, but distance themselves from today's driver stoppage. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:42 pm | On Twitter

22. El Correo (Basque Country): “Truckers strike blocks more than 90% of transport in the Port of Bilbao”. “About half of carriers stop at the Biscay terminal but they are making operations difficult”. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:45 pm | On Twitter

23. Hernández (Plataforma Nacional) has just published a new video blog. He thinks the morning has been a success: “Trucks are not moving practically anywhere” at the SME and self-employed trucker level. “We're doing great.” “We can't lose this battle.” Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:54 pm | On Twitter

24. Hernández (National Platform): “this is going to go on for some time.” He asks Spanish truckers to be patient: “This is already having an effect this morning in many supermarkets and in many shops”. He says the big chains fear supply shortages in “hours or days”.

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 1:59 pm | On Twitter

25. “We are on strike because we can't work at a loss”, Hernández says in his new video blog. “There are thousands of families in a critical situation.” He says that the National Road Transport Committee does not represent 90% of the Spanish truckers sector.

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 2:05 pm | On Twitter

26. Palma: “Truckers collapse roads in Mallorca to protest the rise of diesel oil prices”. The Balearic Islands government says they are just making “more problems than there already are without offering an immediate solution”. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 2:10 pm | On Twitter

27. Truckers protesting in the centre of Murcia. I can confirm this video from @SocialDrive_es is here because I know that street, the Carretera de Alicante. From the northern part of the city, you could hear the drivers honking. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 2:16 pm | On Twitter

28. “About 800 truck drivers in León support the stoppage in the sector. The protest has paralysed loading and unloading activity in industrial estates in the area.” The Ponferrada freight terminal is full of trucks: “Nobody has moved an inch”. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 2:35 pm | On Twitter

29. @NavarraTV reports two truckers associations up there have joined the national strike called across Spain by Plataforma Nacional. The trigger? Fuel prices. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 2:42 pm | On Twitter

30. Summing up at lunchtime: the Spanish truckers strike is a news story, whether or not mainstream media are reporting it. We'll see what the lunchtime news says now. There have been credible reports and videos of stoppages from almost every region of Spain this morning.

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 2:45 pm | On Twitter

31. “Not much effect” from the truckers stoppage in Spain, says TVE in lunchtime news. Are they watching the same videos and headlines as we are?

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 3:08 pm | On Twitter

32. On YouTube there is a video here of an altercation between truckers dated today, “in front of picket lines”. A truck accelerates rapidly among the striking drivers and they take issue with that energetically. Civil Guard intervenes to calm them down. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 7:35 pm | On Twitter

33. Plataforma Nacional truckers in Spain intend to try to stop everything with their indefinite national strike, except the delivery of animal feed, healthcare materials and milk from cattle farms. Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 7:54 pm | On Twitter

34. The incident in the YouTube video has resulted in the arrest of the driver of the speeding truck among the strike picket. Applause from those whom he almost ran over along with a cry of “Son of a bitch!”. And this was in Almeria. Via @MickeySant Link

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 8:05 pm | On Twitter

35. I have been able to speak just now to Rafael Alamillo, a trucker in Madrid and member of the Plataforma Nacional leadership. His impression is that there have been many more drivers taking part in today's stoppage than was generally expected before the weekend.

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 8:21 pm | On Twitter

36. After this first day of the truckers strike in Spain, with a lot of diffuse information across the country—odd videos on social media, regional news stories, Facebook posts—I get the feeling the government might have a new problem with this. Let's see what they do tomorrow.

Published: Mar 14, 2022, 8:27 pm | On Twitter

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