Hauliers’ strike costs Spain EUR 1 billion

16th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

The truck drivers’ strike in Spain last week cost the country’s economy more than EUR 1 billion, say reports.

16 June 2008

MADRID - The hauliers' strike in Spain has cost the country's economy more than EUR 1 billion, according to a press reports citing figures from various business associations on Sunday.

In addition, reports said, the strike has driven prices higher, with the cost of food - in particular vegetables and fish - having risen an average of 18 percent in a week.

On Friday, the fifth day of the strike, traffic was almost completely back to normal, and distribution of foodstuffs to supermarkets was being re-established, Deputy Prime Minister Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said.

Car factories, which had interrupted production completely or partially on Thursday, were also beginning to operate again.

Livestock farmers said animal feed had started to come in and slaughterhouses to operate.

The deployment of 25,000 police with orders to escort transport lorries and to act tough with violent pickets has helped to restore order.

The strikers had refused to join an agreement reached by the government and most hauliers' associations on a package of measures to lessen the impact of rising fuel prices.

[dpa / Expatica]

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