Spanish 9 Day Port Strikes

February 27, 2017

Spain’s government are set to be at loggerheads with the port unions which have called nine days of strikes which are set to restrict trade flow.

This comes after Spain’s cabinet passed a draft law on Friday to end closed-shop hiring at the country’s port.

The new rule will bring its restrictive port labour practices in line with the rest of the European Union. Currently, companies do not have control over the hiring and firing at Spanish ports but the new law will permit them to choose their own staff.

Since 2014, Spain has previously been fined approximately $21.5m for failing to bring port labour practices in line with EU norms. Therefore, the new law hopes to cut the amount of fines received in the near future.

Spanish port workers’ union concluded: “The only measure of pressure left for workers to draw the attention of public opinion and the rest of the political groups to this abuse of government is to exercise their right to strike. They will do so from March 6, as announced.

The stevedores appeal to the responsibility and common sense of the other political groups so that this initiative, which hides an employment regulation file for 6,150 workers organized and with capacity for collective bargaining, is not approved in Congress.”

Spanish ports expected to be affected by strike action as follows:
-Week 10: Strike on March 6th, 8th and 10th every other hour, starting 8.00 am
-Week 11: Strike on March 13th, 15th and 17th every other hour, starting 8.00 am
-Week 12: Strike on March 20th, 22nd and 24th every other hour, starting 8.00 am