The classic debate conflicted with the public or private production of goods or services. Since the Spaniards voted our Constitution, public-private collaboration has developed exponentially, especially in the cities. The State regulates, tender the concession and controls that the public service objectives are met. And the private sector is responsible for managing the service, creating thousands of jobs.
In the more developed countries, the institutions are more solid, the concessions are more transparent and the concessionaires are more efficiently complying with the social objectives set by the governments.
In Spain, the economic depression that began in 2008 impoverished and revived the debate on the renationalisation of private concessions. The main champion of this movement has been Ada Colau in Barcelona and her biggest obsession is to recover water management. Barcelona is a global example of efficient management of the urban water cycle that operates in five continents and that was copied by Fidel Castro in the city of Havana.
For this reason It is emotional to see the Mayor of Barcelona now defending taxi drivers, that work with a public-private model similar to that of water. Anti-globalization activist Colau remains more influential than Mayor Colau and claims that Cabify and Uber are multinationals. But several Silicon Valley multinationals have settled in Barcelona, created hundreds of jobs and the mayor has allowed it.
Surprising that now put limitations on the operation of the VTC that have created thousands of jobs, many of them, over 50 years old condemned to poverty, who have had an opportunity that taxi drivers and other companies denied them. It is even more surprising that the mayor says that she is on the left and is going to send those thousands of drivers to unemployment in a country that has 3.3 million unemployed.
What a good governor would do, such as Antonio Costa in Portugal, is to assume that VTC licenses are legal, as the Supreme Court has affirmed. That have significantly improved the lives of citizens and the quality of public service. And, at the same time, without taxis there would be a duopoly, prices would go up and public service would be worse. The two parties must give in to reach an agreement. And if they are not capable, it will be necessary to reach an arbitration with the support of the Governments and that the award be accepted by the parties.
This is how labor disputes are resolved, although strikes are usually called by trade unions and the taxi drivers have made a wild patronal strike collapsing Madrid and Barcelona. The problem is that the PP government was unable to resolve the conflict; Sánchez's government has washed its hands; Pablo Iglesias does not provide a solution for the thousands of VTC workers; Albert Rivera criticizes everyone but does not say what his party in Andalusia intends to do, and Santiago Abascal has no known proposal on the subject.