Valencia union rejects automation bid

“We are not going to allow Valencia to fall into the nonsense of robotisation,” Mr Martínez said (image is of the city of Valencia) Photo: worldaroundtrip/flickr/CC BY 2.0 “We are not going to allow Valencia to fall into the nonsense of robotisation,” Mr Martínez said (image is of the city of Valencia) Photo: worldaroundtrip/flickr/CC BY 2.0
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The Valencia branch of the Coordinadora port union has rejected the idea of the fourth container terminal being automated. It claims that this will not only put hundreds of jobs at risk, but will also decrease productivity and competitiveness.

The local convenor, Óscar Martínez, told the port’s daily newspaper that the union had been troubled by this prospect for several months.

“We are not going to allow Valencia to fall into the nonsense of robotisation,” he said, arguing that automation should be regarded as holding the stevedoring profession in contempt as well as attacking many thousands of families that rely on the port for a living.

The Coordinadora union has held several meetings not only with the port authority president, Aurelio Martínez, but also with prospective bidders for the concession. All were told that the union completely rejected automation and that “in no way are we willing to allow this option”.

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