As the wave of farmer and rancher mobilisations sweeps across Spain, the situation looks set to intensify as transport workers have now joined them.
On Monday, February 12, the leading agricultural associations in Spain, Asaja, UPA, and COAG, kicked off tractor rallies on the seventh day of protests, focusing on Madrid with a convoy setting off from Titulcia at 9:00 am, navigating the M-404 highway towards Torrejon de Velasco.
The tractor rallies in Madrid and Alicante mark the beginning of a week filled with planned strikes and protests. On Tuesday, actions will move to La Rioja and Zaragoza, coinciding with the International Agricultural Machinery Fair.
Catalonia will witness protests at crucial locations like Mercabarna, the Port of Tarragona, and the N-2 near Figueres.
By Wednesday, the focus will shift to the Mercamadrid facilities, initiating a series of protests across seven provinces, including Toledo and Sevilla.
Meanwhile, the transport sector’s Platform 6F and the Platform for the Defence of the Transport Sector have initiated an indefinite national strike to halt highway activity.
This action began near the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, drawing around 200 participants and causing disruptions in several cities over the weekend.
The agricultural community calls for prompt measures from the government to tackle the many challenges rural areas face.
These include the impacts of drought and the conflict in Ukraine, fluctuating prices and soaring production costs, the need for simplification and flexibility within the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, and labour and social security concerns.
With a series of mobilisations from Alicante to Algeciras and a significant transport strike underway, Spain’s agricultural and transport sectors are united in their call for change.
As the protests unfold, Spanish citizens watch closely as they await the government’s response to these pressing rural issues.