Frustration over stevedoring legislation delays

Spain’s leading stevedoring trade union, Coordinadora, has written to the Development Minister, Íñigo de la Serna, and the Employment Minister, Fátima Báñez, asking what progress has been made in the drawing up of legislation governing reform in this sector.

According to Coordinadora president Antolín Goya, the process has undergone an "unjustified delay" and he criticised the silence of the Development Ministry. He added that the existing situation is negatively affecting the establishment of an aid scheme for older workers, the creation of employment centres in ports and the signing of collective bargaining agreements.

The trade union has therefore drawn up a new plan of action, which will mobilise the existing workforce to put pressure on the government.

In the meantime, the Port of Barcelona has become the first port to sign a collective bargaining agreement, based on an earlier understanding reached by unions and Anesco, the owners’ association.

In Algeciras, an agreement is also to be signed shortly that will guarantee employment in the port. It will last for eight years. This will include a clause guaranteeing that up to 83 containers per hour will be handled, which is just slightly more than the current agreement. This will be based on a minimum throughput of 2.2m teu.

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