Uncertainty still dogs Spain stevedore legislation

Íñigo de la Serna continues to assure all those concerned that new regulations governing stevedoring will be in place before the summer Photo: PiConsti/flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 Íñigo de la Serna continues to assure all those concerned that new regulations governing stevedoring will be in place before the summer Photo: PiConsti/flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0
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In Spain, the stevedoring association Anesco has written to the Ministerio de Fomento, or Ministry of Public Works, to register its concern given uncertainty over existing legislation that will come about as of May 14, which is when both local and national collective bargaining agreements could begin to partially unravel.

According to Anesco, the entire port sector requires stability “to continue on the path of stability and growth in maritime traffic”.

The association is seeking clarity on port employment organisations, the training required to allow stevedores to handle port cargo, what help will be given to promote early retirement and questions relating to how work can be organised.

However, the Ministro de Fomento — or Development Minister — Íñigo de la Serna continues to assure all those concerned that new regulations governing stevedoring will be in place before the summer. He has emphasised that his department is working intensely on the draft legislation and that this will contain clauses that will help seal agreements between workers and management.

His remarks were made to alleviate concerns of both management and trade unions, which have been particularly vocal in expressing deep concern over the overall lack of information being made available to them.

Mr de la Serna insists that the new laws will be passed as quickly as possible, although these will first require parliamentary scrutiny.

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