Anesco president resigns

11 Jul 2017

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.

His position had become untenable, given that at least 40 members had abandoned Anesco, undermining the united front that the organisation had, until then, presented to the unions. Instead, individual operators have struck local pre-agreements with local representatives of stevedoring unions, thereby ensuring that strikes in those terminals ended.

In his resignation letter, Mr Coello pointed out that reform of the sector had aimed to establish freedom of contract and open up what had previously been a closed shop. These two aspects flew in the face of the position adopted by the port unions, who have mostly greeted Mr Coello’s decision to stand down with relief.

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