Freight carriers plan nationwide strike for November 21

A national strike is planned for November 21 by road freight transport professionals, due to the continuous rise in the price of fuels, in particular diesel.

In January 2022, the price of diesel was 10.10 Dh against 11.79 Dh for gasoline. Today, the first is close to 17 Dh per liter, while the second remained unchanged during the last increase operated on November 1, at around 14.66 Dh per liter.

Because of this continuous increase in prices at the pump, more than 16 unions and federations of road freight transport, national and international, met to discuss precisely the situation of the sector which is worsening, despite the subsidy from the State that is not sufficient, according to them.

In March 2022, the government launched the exceptional subsidy process for the benefit of road hauliers to preserve the purchasing power of Moroccans, while waiting for fuel prices to return to the norm, i.e. 10 Dh per liter for diesel. When the price of diesel was 12 Dh/L, we received a subsidy of 6,000 Dhs, then when it rose to 14 Dh/L, the subsidy was raised to 8,000. Today, the price of diesel is close to 17 Dh/L, so we have received a subsidy of some 10,000 Dh. But this amount is mediocre compared to reality“, explains a professional in the sector, signatory of the press release announcing the strike which will be published tomorrow Thursday.

For our interlocutor, transport professionals no longer want this subsidy. ” During the pandemic, we paid $6,000 for a container brought back from China. Today, and with the war in Ukraine, the price of this container has risen to 18,000 dollars, sometimes even up to 22,000 dollars. Despite the state subsidy, we can no longer keep pace with this increase at all levels“, he laments.

No longer wanting this subsidy judged ” poor“, our interlocutor confided to us that the professionals who today bear the full brunt of this price increase, no longer want State support, and want to practice prices subject to the law of supply and demand on the market. market.

” VSIt is up to the government to care about social issues and how to preserve the purchasing power of citizens. But it won’t be at our expense. We even within our respective societies, we already have a lot of social problems. We have employees who have worked for us for more than 20 years, and who could be fired at any time due to the current economic situation and the enormous workloads, we cannot recruit more, and if it gets worse, and it will happen since since January 2022 the prices have only increased, we will not even have enough to pay our expenses, in particular salaries“, he explains.

That said, our interlocutor specifies that professionals in the road transport sector remain open to dialogue with the government. ” Buthe notes, a serious and responsible dialogue, which will lead to promises and specific commitmentsin the terms and in the time, which must be held“.

Indeed, he reminds us, the government has tried on several occasions to calm the uprising of road transport professionals, particularly in 2018 and 2019, by promising them several measures that never saw the light of day.

After the strikes of 2018 and 2019, the Ministry of Equipment, managed at the time by Abdelkader Amara, had committed to a report signed with the strikers, to settle four essential points, namely the renewal of the fleet, the introduction of “professional diesel” (sale of diesel to professionals in the road transport sector at a preferential rate given the nature of their work), the professional card for drivers, and continuous and accelerated training, at the expense of the ministry, at the advantage of drivers who already have professional training.

The budgetary envelope allocated to the implementation of these promises amounted to 3 million dirhams.

Today we are exhausted. Either the government keeps its promises, or we no longer want this subsidy and we will apply the real market prices. Since the launch of the exceptional subsidy in March 2022, we have not seen any drop in the price of diesel, except for a crumb in the summer”, emphasizes the trade unionist.

To conclude: “When diesel returns to less than 10 Dh per litre, we will no longer need a subsidy. On the other hand, we demand the fulfillment of the promises given by the government in 2018 and 2019, in order to regulate the sector and put an end to dumping and unfair competition”.

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