After the irruption of the Truckers union in the supermarket warehouses in order to control the prices of the products - an event that caused discomfort in numerous chains - the president of the Argentine Industrial Union and head of the COPAL (Coordinator of Food Products Industries ),
Daniel Funes de Rioja
and was categorical when referring to the conflict.
"COPAL respects the rule of law. Neither we can assume the function of control, nor can third parties with particular interests be included.
Control is a function that cannot be delegated by the State
," he said.
And he added: "If we are talking about a State present, it is necessary for the State to control,
outsourcing this function generates greater uncertainty in the face of a possible collision of interests
," he explained in reference to the irruption of the Moyano union, which manages the trucks with merchandise, as controllers of a process that they are part of together with supermarket chains and supplier companies.
The presence of delegations from the Truckers union in the logistics centers of the supermarkets was a surprise for these companies, which considered that this interference "is not part of the Fair Prices agreement" agreed with the Government.
However, their representatives came out to support the decision, alleging that they understand that it helps them to determine the responsibility for the lack of products.
Both the Executive Branch and the companies admit that there is a supply problem.
The products on these lists are “sold out” within a few hours after the branches open.
In this regard, the executives of the gondolas say that the mass consumption producers are directing more merchandise to other channels, such as the Chinese.
The "Fair Prices" scheme does not apply there.
In this sense, what weighed on the discomfort of the companies was more focused on the field of politics than on the supermarkets themselves for two reasons: the first is that it revived a rift that has been going on for some time between the large chains and the supplier companies.
"We understand that it is not a 'Truckers' decision', but rather some operations arranged by the Secretary of Commerce. We celebrate that these controls are carried out because the success of the program depends on the supply," they explained from the United Supermarkets Association (ASU), the chamber that nucleates the chains.
And they added: "Examining the distribution centers and comparing the orders of the chains and the deliveries made by the suppliers, it is clear the responsibility of the shortages that can be seen in the gondolas. That responsibility that is not attributable to the chains of supermarkets".
The second reason is that some choose to silence in public what they let out in private: they fear that empowering Truckers to control supermarkets is a double-edged sword.
More taking into account that Oscar Borda, the secretary of the Logistics branch of the union led by Hugo and Pablo Moyano, was the executing arm and face of the measure.
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