Spanish ports disruption / strike actions announcement
Dear Valued Customers,
Please be informed that we continue to closely monitor the situation in the different Spanish ports and please find the last information received.
The meeting held yesterday afternoon between, Unions and Employers association far from releasing the tension, has increased the discontent amongst the Unions ranks, who have felt that their demands were not being taken seriously, in view of the lack of governmental presence in the said meeting.
Against the firm decision of the Government to keep its agenda and approve the new Decree containing the Port law reform this week Friday (24th Feb), the Unions have called a strike notice on the odd hours of Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s during 3 consecutive weeks as from 6th March.
Additionally, the IDC (International Dockworkers Council) Zone Coordinators, who met yesterday in Algeciras, alert that, shall the Decree be approved without a proper negotiation amongst the parties, they wouldn’t rule out proposing actions to influence the movement of Spanish commodities worldwide.
This would not be the first time that the international worker’s union would take measures to paralyze or delay the unloading of consumer goods from other countries where the improvement of labor conditions is being negotiated, as a measure of pressure for the respective Governments to agree to negotiate with the trade unions.
Meanwhile, the low productivity rates continue in several ports.
We will continue to inform you of any major updates related to schedule changes and necessary contingency plans as a result of the above.
A container is carried to a cargo boat at Barcelona’s Port, Spain, January 24, 2017. Picture taken January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Albert Gea