The fourth day of indefinite transport strike called by the Platform for the Defense of the Goods Transport Sector, in protest of the price of diesel, has resulted in the first closures in factories in the food sector. All alarms in the food sector are set off in the face of a threat of shortages. These have been the most affected so far.
Since Thursday, the Spanish dairy industry has announced that it is forced to suspend its transformative activity as a result of this strike. The factories have been interrupted by the supply of the necessary inputs for the processing of dairy products and also the transfer of the finished product to the distribution chains, the capacity to pack and store and manage a food which is highly perishable and essential for daily consumption has been cancelled.
Fruit and vegetable sector
Another warning, this time from the fruit and vegetable sector, from where they assure that if the problems of fruit and vegetable supply persist, mainly from the south-east and areas of higher production origin such as Almeria, Granada, Huelva, Malaga or Murcia, “there will be shortages of even the most perishable products”.
In a statement, the Association of Wholesale Entrepreneurs of the Central Fruit Market of Madrid (Asomafrut), alerts of a possible shortage if the stoppage of carriers continues.
They highlight the “significant reduction” of arrival of merchandise of fruit and vegetables, although for the moment “the offer of all products has been guaranteed”.
The olive sector is also active. The Spanish Association of Table Olive Exporters and Industrialists (ASEMESA) reports that, due to the transport strike, companies in the sector are currently at the limit of supplies. Given this panorama, they are forced to paralyze the production and marketing of table olives from this Friday if a solution is not reached.
According to Asemesa, most of the workforce of these companies will be affected, with the consequent impact on the 8,000 direct jobs generated by this sector, without taking into account the effects on the auxiliary industry and other suppliers”.
The lack of supply, however, also affects the fishing industry, which has led to the suspension of activity in many ports and markets in Spain due to the lack of trucks to distribute.
But this strike, which has provoked several altercations and violent episodes, can also affect daily life on farms. The livestock sector warns of the death of animals due to lack of food. Many factories that produce food for livestock, particularly in central and southern Spain, have had to stop their activity, leaving many farms without feed for their animals.