In Spain, the competition authority Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) - the country's National Authority for Markets and Competition - has started possible legal proceedings against the agreement struck between stevedoring unions and the Ministry of Employment, following its official appearance in state publications.
COMMENT: To the outside world it looks like Spain has complied with its obligation to reform its port system. But has it, or more to the point will it when the formal deliberations of employers and unions are complete, asks Mike Mundy.
The Spanish government has been hit by a further fine from the European Court of Justice for its failure to introduce stevedoring reform in an appropriate time frame.
Joaquim Coello has resigned as president of Anesco, Spain’s National Association of Stevedoring and Ship Consignment Companies. Until recently, he had headed up the organisation’s negotiating team that was trying to strike a new agreement with the country’s stevedoring unions.
The strike by Spanish stevedores is coming to an end, as stevedores reach individual agreements with terminal operators frustrated by the inability of the owners’ association, Anesco, to negotiate a country-wide agreement.
The general assembly of the Spanish owners’ association Anesco has voted against accepting a pre-agreement reached with stevedoring unions, claiming it is anti-competitive and in breach of proposed new government legislation, which the unions oppose.
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