Spanish government willing to negotiate with truckers to avoid Christmas strike

The Spanish government is willing to negotiate with truck drivers, hoping that a three-day strike, called by an industry association in the run-up to Christmas, can be avoided.

Transport Minister Raquel Sanchez: “I am convinced that through dialogue and agreement we will be able to overcome this crisis and avoid the strike that has been announced.”

While recognizing that the government was aware of problems faced by the sector including soaring fuel prices, she said that some issues were outside her control: “Many of their demands go beyond the competence of the ministry but are instead to do with private relations with companies.”

Despite her conciliatory tone, Sanchez also stressed the need to boost rail transport, a move that will probably not be so well-received by hauliers.

Economy Minister Nadia Calvino said the government was sensitive to the needs of the sector, which she described as strategically essential, and suggested negotiations should avert the need for industrial action.


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