Truck drivers across Spain have begun an indefinite strike in objection to high fuel costs. In addition, truck drivers also blocked key roads, industrial zones and ports in major cities including Barcelona, Valencia and Tarragona.
Italian drivers have also taken strike action in addition to planning protests on 19th March. Similar action is being taken in Morocco where a 3 day strike is currently taking place whilst French truckers look to commence strikes from 21st March following various protests in the country.
Key ports are currently seeing disruption with a shortage of trucks and drivers available to move cargo, with around 90% of drivers represented by the platform partaking on day one and some regions seeing truck traffic reduced to zero. The strikes across Europe are expected to cause localised disruption however they may have further knock-on effects in the supply chain.
People in France should expect disruption to public services on Thursday, March 17, as the CGT and Unsa unions call for a national day of strike action. Participation is currently unclear, though the strikes are likely to result in disruptions to public transport services, including delays and cancellations; operators typically announce anticipated disruptions 1-2 days in advance. Similar strikes by local public transport operators are possible nationwide, potentially resulting in disruptions to local bus, tram, and metro services. Increased traffic congestion is possible due to heightened demand for alternative transport.
Confirm all transport reservations and business appointments March 17. Check public transport schedules and local traffic conditions for disruptions before beginning journeys; allow extra time for travel and consider alternative means of transport if necessary.