SPANISH DOCKWORKERS SET TO STRIKE AGAIN

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Spanish Dockworkers set to strike again.

Spaniah Dock workers are set to stage yet another strike action starting from March 6.

This is as a result of the approval of a royal decree on the port system reforms on Feb 24 by the Spanish council of ministers.

Earlier, Spainish trade unions were set to stage the strike on February 20, 22, and 24, 2017, against the reform plan announced by Inigo de la Serna, the country’s Minister of Public Works.

TO READ ABOUT THIS: Spanish Dockworkers Call off Proposed  Strike

However, Spanish dockworkers called off their proposed strike after the government promised it would postpone plans to reform the port system and start negotiating with trade unions, Spain’s Ministry of Public Works said in a statement.

Presently, the reform plan announced by Inigo de la Serna, the country’s Minister of Public Works has been approved by the Spanish council of ministers.

However, the Spanish union coordinadora Estatal de Trabajadores del Mar ( CETM) said that the workers has rejected the decree as it would destabilize the industry.

The new law which is in line with the requirements of the European Union will enable ports to hire non unionized dockworkers instead of unionized ones.

In addition under the law Stevedoring companies will not have to be members of the local Stevedoring societies known as Sociedad Anomina de Gestion de Estibadores Portuarios. ( SAGEP).

Under the current stevedoring systems, ports have to hire workers belonging to SAGEPs.

The Spanish dockworkers intend to go on strike as they feel the decree could lead to the laying off of about 6,500 of its members.

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