More Strikes to Hit Spanish Ports

Spanish trade unions called for another wave of strikes in protest of the government’s proposed stevedore labor reforms, the Journal of Commerce reports.

Unions said they would hold strikes from May 24 until June 9, during odd hours each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Last week the Spanish Council of Ministers approved a royal decree  to bring the employment regulations in line with the rest of the EU and the Spanish parliament now has within the next month to ratify the proposal.

The proposal seeks to liberalize the stevedore profession by eliminating Sagep – the private enterprise pool company that employers must use to hire stevedores – and limiting collective bargaining.

The CMT union and the port employers’ association Anesco have been holding government-mediated discussions in a bid to reach agreement on a new labor system that would suit both parties.

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