The leaders of the carriers grouped in the National Cargo Transport Confederation (CNTC) highlighted the meeting held this Monday with the Minister of Finance, Mario Marcel, where they discussed the increase in fuel prices and insecurity problems.
The meeting takes place within the framework of the mobilization of the Fuerza del Norte Transporters Union Confederation, where the CNTC does not participate.
After the meeting with the authority, the president of the CNTC Sergio Pérez indicated that there was a rapprochement. “As a primary announcement, there will be a non-weekly variability of the Fuel Price Stabilization Mechanism (MEPCO), but in longer terms, and We are going to try to stabilize the value of a liter of oil“. In addition, this is going to translate into a formal commitment with the government, he indicated.
“We discussed many other matters, but we will have it written with a commitment from the State in the person of Minister Marcel and we, the united unions, will go to approve or request that it be modified,” he said.
Regarding the unemployment that is registered in some regions, Pérez, although he supported the mobilization, ruled out joining it. In this regard, he pointed out that “we are collegiate confederations, To carry out a mobilization we have to have a face-to-face advisory with the responsibility of the leaders of all the regions and then a crisis committee of 15 leaders is formed. Therefore, at this minute we have to wait for the result of the agreement and we will call a national consultative if appropriate”he detailed.
For his part, José Sandoval, president of the Drivers Union, affirmed that one of the aspects that worries workers are the social security conditions, because there is a lot of informal relationship with employers, which is a problem at the time of retirement.
“We are asking that the workers be quoted for the total. Security is in the final part when the worker reaches retirement, because there is a lot of informal worker and that is what we are asking the Government to take care of it because it is a competition that is loyal to formalities. We with SMEs have nothing against it, but we cannot negotiate there. The conditions are different, we must help SMEs, but we need the formality of the development of our activity and security is in place throughout the country, not only in the southern macro-zone”, indicated the leader.
Meanwhile, the president of the Federation of Truck Owners of the South (Fedesur), Carlos Bretti, highlighted the meeting with government authorities where some progress was made, but “I wouldn’t venture that this is the last word”he stressed.
The leader affirmed that the talks will continue throughout the day to reach an agreement to leave “satisfied not only the truckers, but also the citizenry in what this situation means that becomes chaotic regarding the fact that they cannot move freely.”
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