Spain - Dock workers extend strikes into July - June 30, 2017

Port docker trade unions have called fresh strikes stretching into July in protest at reforms in the sector, adding to several days of stoppages that have dented trade revenue in the country. The port terminals have already been hit by major disruptions as container shipping companies re-routed their cargos to avoid strikes in the country, opting for Portugal, Malta or Morocco instead. Dockers are angry over reform of port labour practices passed by the lawmakers in mid-May, which aimed to crack down on closed-shop hiring in a heavily unionised sector. Subsequent negotiations over how to implement the new rules between employers and workers broke down in a dispute over how to safeguard 6,000 jobs. The strikes had so far caused losses of 110 million euro to the economy, according to a statement by the public works ministry.

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