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Published: 2017-03-21

Spain stumbles over reforming its stevedoring system

Ports & terminals Spain stumbles over reforming its stevedoring system

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The Spanish Parliament has rejected the government’s proposal of reforming the country’s port labour law.

The new rules – following the infringement procedure opened by the European Commission and the consequential European Court of Justice’s judgement which ruled that the system currently in place is in breach of article 49 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union on freedom of establishment – saw the option for ports to hire non-unionized dockworkers, which in turn would effect in substantial layoffs, according to the trade unions. 

The Spanish social partners are trying now to engage the government in tripartite talks; however, the cabinet has not responded to this request yet.

 

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