Seven million kg of Canarian bananas are held up in containers on the mainland in Cadiz, Seville and Alicante. If the fruit is not moved to markets in the next day or two it will rot, the economic cost could be well over nine million euros. The Canary Island’s Government has asked Madrid for help.

In addition, there are stock piles of fresh produce waiting to be shipped to the Canary Islands. Should it fail to arrive this weekend, importers are warning that we could face shortages next week.

An AndalucĂ­an company, who grow organic fruit and vegetables, have given away 10 tons of produce this week, rather than see it go to waste or be thrown away due to the strike.