By Wendy Williams
HUNDREDS of unpaid La Linea council workers have blocked access into Gibraltar using burning barricades in a protest over unpaid salaries.
During a week of protests, piles of rubber tyres were set alight to halt traffic heading in and out of the Rock.
It comes after the workers in the border town failed to get paid for three months running.
They are owed close to six million euros and insisted an emergency 125 euro payment per worker was ‘an insult’.
“We are desperate. We do not care what we have to do to collect what is due to us,” said Jose Porras Naranjo, who also asked for understanding from Gibraltarians.
“We want to apologise to the people of Gibraltar and to anyone who suffers delays crossing the border,” he said.
“It’s not our intention to cause difficulties for people who have nothing to do with this.
“But this is the only place where we can be sure that we will get people’s attention.”
Local unions are now calling for the intervention of the Junta in the running of La Linea’s public affairs.
La Linea’s council last week unanimously approved proposals by new PSOE mayor Gemma Araujo to seek a 3.7 million euro credit loan with immediate effect.
The money will be used to pay the workers some of what is owed as a short term solution.