for this monday June 27th The strike of carriers announced by the heavy cargo unions continues.
And it is that, although the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) reported that it had reached an agreement with one of the unions, this would not have been legitimate; Therefore, the National Union of Carriers (UNT) ratified the indefinite strike called for next Monday, which was joined by other unions such as the National Association of Land Freight Transport (Anatec), which houses the largest number of fleets.
“On Monday everything is going to be paralyzed, including the transfer of food. Everything we see around us is transported by truck, that’s why it’s a public service”, said Javier Marchese, president of the UNT.
The leader told La República that the stoppage measure is indefinite and estimates that it will be for more than 10 days. “We are warning them to stock up. By solving our problems, the problem of all the housewives of Peru is solved”, he pointed out.
Marchese specified that there are around 400,000 heavy cargo carriers from 187,000 companies in the country. He added that there are 21 unions nationwide that will abide by the protest measure, after in recent months they had talks with the last three ministers of the TCM no positive results.
A) Yes, this Friday June 24 at 10:00 am they will have a “last opportunity to talk with the MTC” and search for a solution. However, he emphasized that the strike will continue until a decree is issued that meets their demands.
What are carriers asking for?
Heavy-duty carriers have five main requests that they seek to be addressed by the Government.
In the first place, they ask that the condition of public service be returned to them, and that the obligatory minimum costs of operation be incorporated.
The second request is the reduction and honesty of the diesel prices. And it is that, as they point out, the formula with which the price of explant oil is calculated is overvalued. “60% of the crude oil that is refined in Peru comes from our jungle, and it is valued as if it were oil from Texas -the most expensive in the world-, they put that value on it and they put the freight on it as if it had come from Texas. And 40% of the consumption that is imported comes from Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela, and they also come with extra cost, totally uninformed the table. We ask that this formula be eliminated so that the real value of oil is revealed,” Marchese exhorted.
Other requests include a minimum quota of cargo movement is set in favor of regional carriers for productive activities like mining. Also that tolls be regulated and that the port fleet be eliminated.
Sales of two fuels in taps postponed to 2023
The Executive Branch postponed until January 2023 the entry into force of the sale of only two types of fuel at taps nationwide.
It should be noted that the change in the fuel matrix at the country’s service stations, which will only sell premium and regular quality, was scheduled to take effect from July of this year with an adaptation period from August. However, a supreme decree published yesterday in an extraordinary edition of the official newspaper El Peruano ordered that it come into force from January 2023. Up to nine types of energy are currently marketed.
Another strike in July. For next July 4, another group of carriers called for a national strike. This would be mainly accepted by urban carriers, including informal groups.