Spain faces a national strike by the road haulage sector from Sunday 19 to Wednesday 22 December, according to the Spanish press, unless the central government addresses the rise in fuel prices. The strike could have severe consequences for the critical Christmas trading period, and cause a domino effect in other activities for which trucks are essential, such as the fruit and vegetables of Almería. Yolanda Águila, representative of Altrame Almería, an association integrated into the National Federation of Transport Associations of Spain (Fenadismer) told the Diario de Almería that:
“the price of diesel has skyrocketed in recent months, registering an increase of close to 35% in the last year without being accompanied by an increase in the price of services.”
In the province, there are about 3,500 road freight transport companies that are affected, and the Almería-Madrid route currently involves an extra cost of €200 due to the fuel price rises.